Obasanjo silent on Saraki, denies signing blank budget

Obasanjo silent on Saraki, denies signing blank budget

Thursday, April 7, 2016 10:22 pm

*Keeps Mum on Saraki’s trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal

 Obasanjo faces the press. With him NSA Babagana

Obasanjo faces the press. With him NSA Babagana

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Thursday dismissed claim that he signed appropriation bills into law without asking for the details during his tenure. He also dodged questions on the trial  of Senate President, Bukola Sarakiat the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

When President Muhammadu Buhari insisted on receiving the details of the 2016 Budget before signing the bill into law, some members of the House of Representatives had claimed that Obasanjo and the late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua signed appropriation bills into law without receiving the budget details.

Fielding questions from State House correspondents after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Obasanjo dismissed the claim.

Obasanjo and Buhari

Obasanjo and Buhari

He replied : “Eh en? I signed budget without details? Anybody who told you that, go and ask him again.”

Asked to speak on the 2016 Budget, he said: “Before I will be able to tell you something about the budget, I have to read it and know what it contains and know what to talk about.

On the delay in signing the budget, he said the constitution allows the executive to continue with the budget provided it does not go beyond the previous year’s budget up to the middle of the year.

Obasanjo, however declined to speak on corruption war, saying: “Eh en?”

When he was asked to speak specifically on the travail of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Obasanjo said: “Eh en? What is wrong with him?”

On the purpose of visit to the Villa, he said: “You know that not too long ago, I was out there. I have come to share some of my experiences with him.

When asked to speak on the experiences, he said: “Ha! Ha! If I say I shared experiences with my wife, you will ask me wetin I talk with my wife?”

Obasanjo, who arrived the Villa at 12:13pm in a tinted black Tayota Jeep marked ABJ 425 PY, exchanged pleasantries with journalists who cracked joke with him on his “dancing steps” during the burial of Ebonyi State Governor’s mother last week.

When reminded that his dancing steps were great, he replied: “So you don’t want me to dance.”

Reported by TheNation

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