By Ben Agande
ABUJA— Former Leader of the House of Representatives in the 7th Assembly, Tunde Akogun, has said on going crisis in the House over alleged budget padding by some of its members has brought the National Assembly to disrepute.
In an interview with Vanguard in Abuja, Akogun said though the National Assembly was constitutionally empowered to make inputs into any budget presented by the executive, the way the present case was being portrayed was in bad faith.
He said rather than externalizing whatever disagreement he might have had with principal officers of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Jibrin should have explored the internal mechanism to resolve whatever disagreement he had with them.
He said: “The National Assembly has constitutional powers to consider what is brought before it by the executive in terms of budget, and if possible, adjust if necessary.
“I do not think that it would be nice for anybody to think that they tinkered with the budget, if tinkering means what is being insinuated now.”