Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has said there is no need to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations of the 2016 budget padding in the National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
The former president speaking to State House reporters on Monday, July 25, shortly after meeting behind closed-doors wirt President Muhammadu Buhari said the country should rather get men of integrity in the federal parliament.
The Former President said this in reaction to the current budget padding accusation and counter accusation between the leadership of the House of Representatives and Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked chairman of the House of Reps Appropriation Committee,that President Buhari shouldn’t investigate it because there is no men of integrity in both senate and house of reps.
He said: “It’s not question of investigation, we should get men and women of integrity in the place and the President should be very vigilant, whatever should not pass should not pass.
” “Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if there are people who didn’t believe what I said in the past then, you can now see that what has come out confirms what I said in the past. Then what I said in the past is what I will say now,’
‘ he added. The Nation reports that the former president also said the recent happenings concerning the 2016 Budget scandal in the National Assembly have vindicated him. On his visit to the Villa, he disclosed that he went to deliver some messages to the president.
“Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and Gambia and I have messages these two countries will want me to deliver to the president.
“Also, only yesterday I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the President,” he said.