14 January 2016

Nigeria: Missing Budget - APC Reacts to Call for Buhari's Impeachment

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President Muhammadu Buhari.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the call by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The PDP attacked the president Thursday after the senate accused the presidency of altering the 2016 budget.

Senate president, Bukola Saraki, said a copy of the budget received from the president was different from what his aide, Ita Enang, distributed to its members.

Lawmakers had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that the original document was missing.

In a statement Thursday, PDP asked the National Assembly to impeach the president, and called for the resignation of the finance minister, Kemi Adeosun, and budget and national planning minister, Udo Udoma.

The party also demanded the resignation of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.

APC dismissed the call as "comical".

"It is confusing and worrisome that the PDP calls for an investigation into the budget issue and at the same time calls for the removal and resignation of the aforementioned," the party said in a statement by its national secretary, Mala Buni.

"In both content and context, PDP's statement constitute a distraction to the National Assembly."

The party said it was confident that the 8th National Assembly would not be distracted by the PDP in "its new desperate plot to divert attention from the ongoing investigation into mind-boggling cases of corruption perpetuated under its defunct 16-year rule".

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