The Presidency has dismissed Senate President Bukola Saraki’s allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari is to blame for the delay in approving the supplementary budget for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, who stated this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said on the contrary, the Saraki-led senate should be solely held responsible for the delay.
According to him, the Senate President to look into the mirror and what he will see is his own face.
“He is solely to be held responsible for deliberately driving the nation to this cliff edge as far as the preparations for next elections are concerned.
“It is not true that INEC submitted their draft budget to the Presidency in February. No, it came much later but even then, this is not the real issue.
“The fact that their proposals came well after the President had laid his budget for the year 2018 before the National Assembly meant that their own will be sent as supplementary budget.
“This was clearly stated to them by the Minister of Budget and National Planning,’’ he maintained.
The National Assembly passed the 2018 budget seven months after the document was submitted to the National Assembly by President Buhari.
He said: “Unless someone has forgotten, the budget was submitted to the National Assembly and it took the Saraki-led National Assembly seven months to release it.”
He said there was no way President Buhari could have submitted a supplementary budget while the main one was still pending, adding that “it is never done.
“Because Saraki did not return the main budget, we could not have submitted the supplementary one”.
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