A third term member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi) has faulted former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who accused federal legislators of arm-twisting the Jonathan Administration to ‘pay’ extra N17 billion to get the 2015 budget proposal passed by the National Assembly.
Yusuf, who was on the National Assembly delegation to a meeting with Okonjo-Iweala on the controversial budget, said the N17 billion was not a bribe but part of NASS’ budget.
The lawmaker, who spoke in an interview with The Nation, in Abuja was responding to claims by the former minister in her book – Fighting Corruption is Dangerous:The Story Behind the Headlines- that the lawmakers padded the budget proposals for that year with projects to the tune of N17 billion because they “needed money” for that year’s elections.
She described federal legislators as a tough political group to deal with.
The Nation, June 2, 2018
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