The former National Chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande, has blamed the leadership of the Senate for the alleged missing 2016 budget, saying it was the fallout of the parliamentary indiscipline that produced the current Senate leadership.
Akande, who was speaking at an event organised to mark his 77th birthday in Ila Orangun, Osun State, expressed disappointment at what he called national embarrassment, wondering why a huge document as Nigeria’s budget could be missing in the upper chamber of the National Assembly.
The elderstatesman said his party was mindful of consequences of allowing wrong people to be at the helms of affairs which was the very reason the APC had wanted disciplined individuals to lead the Senate.
“Nigeria’s budget is a huge document and one wonders how a document of that size could be missing in the Senate. The development is fallout of indiscipline that brought the current leadership of the Senate into the position and as you know, that was not the choice of our party”.
Akande said that he is in good terms with President Muhammadu Buhari and that he does not feel marginalised contrary to insinuation that the presidency was trying to edge him out.
“I’m in good agreement with President Buhari. Therefore, I don’t fell marginalised. In fact I was in the presidency few days ago and there was no sign to suggest that the presidency wants to edge me out. But I don’t know what somebody may be planning somewhere,” he said.
The APC leader urged all Nigerians to support the current anti-corruption war as he bemoaned the level of corruption inherited from the immediate-past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said corruption has become a monster, stressing that if it is not properly fought, it will fight back and consume the nation, thereby making the future of the country bleak.
Recent probes into shady military procurements and diversion of billions of dollars meant for military equipments has led to arrests of many chieftains of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and serving and former senior military officials.
Dignitaries from across the country, including public office holders and politicians were at Ila Orangun to rejoice with the former APC Chairman to rejoice with him on his 77th birthday.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo