Senate President, Ahmad Lawan broke silence on why lawmakers approved N10 billion for Kogi state, which is few days before it governorship election.
As previously reported by Latest Nigeria News, it was recalled that lawmakers approved the payment of money to the Kogi state government on Wednesday.
Yahaya Bello, the current governor of Kogi state, is also a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 elections.
The approval of the Senate follows the presentation of a report by Clifford Ordia, chairman of the Senate committee on local and foreign debts, on projects implemented by the Kogi state government.
“Based on our findings, some of the highways were in the state of disrepair before the intervention was carried out.”
“The state government has paid all the contractors that constructed the road.
“Our humble recommendation is that the senate do approve the refund of N10 billion for projects executed on behalf of the federal government,” he said.
However, commending on the dust raised by the approval just a few days to the election in the state, Senate President Lawan denied any political undertone in the action by the Senators.
“Kogi state applied for this in the last senate, all the other states were paid. Kogi was not approved at that time, we as a senate has seen it as a necessity and it is a coincidence,” he said.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in October, sent a request to the Senate for the sum of N10bn to be paid to the Kogi State government as refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.