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Missing Budget: PDP Wants NASS To Impeach Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, asked the National Assembly to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari, over the budget scandal rocking the National Assembly.

In a statement signed by its acting national chairman, Uche Secondus, the PDP described as shameful and an international embarrassment, the declaration by the Senate that the hard copy of the 2016 budget presented to the National Assembly (NASS), by the Presidency was missing.

The party, therefore, asked the National Assembly to immediately commence impeachment process of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, and the governor of central bank.

The PDP, in the statement, said that it’s National Working Committee “rose from a meeting Thursday charging the National Assembly to commence impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari for the various constitutional breaches especially the submission of two version of the 2006 budget”.

The party said “the National Assembly should thoroughly investigate the shameful act, including the distortion and banding of figures to accommodate their personal interest and ensure that appropriate sanctions is meted to whoever has a hand in the dubious action that has brought embarrassment to the legislative body”.

According to the party, “the two ministers should resign having failed to provide the much needed capacity in the management of the nation’s economy resulting in the embarrassing crashing of the nation’s currency to as low as N305 to a dollar”.

Also, the party asked the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, to resign “for plunging the country’s currency policy into chaos an action that thrown investors into total confusion”.

“We sympathizes with Nigerians who are seriously undergoing terrible hardship because of the now obvious inept leadership of APC despite the promise of one Naira to a dollar.

“What hope can a government that allows its currency to break a 43 year old record crashing to over N300 to one dollar offer and yet does not show it has clear focus of what to do.

“APC government rather than address very grievous national issues created by its lack of capacity to govern has instead resorted to violation of peoples rights in the name of fighting corruption,” the party said.

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Thursday during legislative plenary, revealed that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Senate, Senator Ita Enag, reproduced a budget document different from what President Buhari originally submitted to the National Assembly.

Senator Saraki said that the Committee on Ethics and Privileges made this finding in the course of investigating the matter.