The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara on Friday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari has said that padding is not an offence and he will not resign despite allegations of budget padding against him.
The meeting is believed to focus more on the budget padding scandal rocking the lower legislative chamber.
A presidency source said Mr. Dogara had requested for a meeting with the President over allegations levelled against him by a former Chairman of the Appropriation Committee of the House, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin.
Shortly after the meeting with the President, the Speaker of the House told newsmen that despite the allegation of budget padding, he would not resign.
He said that budget padding was not an offence.
The Speaker further emphasised that he had been a lawyer and a member of the House for a long time that the word padding had never been an offence and that those who allege of padding of the budget should be the ones to prove it.