Yusuf Lasun, has dismissed alleged calls to resign from quarters loyal to All Progressives Congress, APC, leader, Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.
Besides, the principal lawmaker from Osun State punctured the impression that senators and members of the House were earning huge salaries and allowances.
Lasun, who fielded questions from journalists yesterday in Abuja, said his election as deputy helmsman of the Green Chamber, followed due process and his resignation would be baseless.
“It’s not correct (that I was asked to quit). It’s just speculation. Why would I resign? I was voted for; I went through an election,” he said.
The deputy speaker also rejected the impression that lawmakers were over-fed with taxpayer’s money.
He regretted that there was a misrepresentation of facts on what the lawmakers and their staff were actually earning as salaries and allowances.
“The Budget of the National Assembly is 2.6% and that is out of the Budget of the Federation. It is not overblown. People have suddenly forgotten or they don’t know that there are 469 members of the National Assembly, and that each member is entitled to five aides that will be paid from the budget.
“We have National Assembly Listserv, there are technocrats and staffers. We have National Assembly Service Commission and all of these draw salaries and allowances from this N150 billion. So, I wonder how people can say it’s only House of Reps and Senators that collect N150 billion,” he said.
Lasun also explained that the National Assembly Budget for 2015 was slashed from N150bn to N130bn in line with the austerity measures adopted by the new Assembly.