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Senate Fires Back: Senate responds to corruption allegations by Fomer President Obasanjo

The senate has reacted to the corruption
allegations leveled against it by the former
Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo while at a book
launch yesterday in Abuja.

In a statement released and signed by its
spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe today,
the senate frowned at the allegations that they
used their oversight function to extort money,
stating that the oversight functions of the
senate was the initiative of the former
president.

The statement reads in part;
“Ex- President Obasanjo for the avoidance of
doubt, was the initiator of the constituency
project in the year 2000 as a means of
ensuring that projects were fairly spread
across the country using the Senatorial zones
as the spring board. To ensure execution of
the projects, Obasanjo again factored the
constituency projects into the annual budgets
to be implemented by the executive depending
on availability of funds. That is to say that no
lawmaker ever comes close to the funds or
even determine the contractor for the said
projects or when the said contract would be
awarded.

‘So, it looks curious and surprising that former
President Obasanjo would turn around after
over 10 years of initiating such a project to
allege that the National Assembly is performing
the function of both the executive and the
parliament.

‘Is it not preposterous for anybody to believe
that members of the National Assembly would
against the provisions of the Constitution with
regards to application of separation of powers,
award contracts ‘to their agents to execute’
and expect the Presidency under a President
Obasanjo or any other President for that
matter to pay for what they are not part of?
Such allegation stands logic on its head, as it
amounts to an indictment of the Presidency
for wilfully contravening the budget laws by
ceding its power to execute to the National
Assembly, if it was the case.”


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