Budget Padding: Jibrin Writes APC, Seeks Forgiveness


The former Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has asked for the All Progressives Congress (APC) family and leaders to forgive him for helping Yakubu Dogara emerge as Speaker.

Jibrin said he started avoiding Dogara when he realised that the House Speaker was involved in some fraudulent deals.

He said this in a letter he wrote to the APC Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun.

He said “I wish to state that I deeply regret the role I played in the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as Speaker. I seek the understanding and forgiveness from you, our leaders and every member of the APC family that was hurt by my action. Thank God Almighty, I am young and energetic. I will be 40 on September 9th. I promise that moving forward, I will dedicate and completely commit myself to achieving the goals set out by the party. This case should serve as a lesson for everyone in the future.”

Adding that “I am pretty sure the anti-corruption agencies will do their job and all our party men and women will know the truth at the end of the day. My offence has been my refusal to be used as conduit to facilitate free flow of corruption in the House of Representatives. I came under severe pressure during the budget period to break procedures and commit fraudulent actions.

“When they could not use me, the Speaker (allegedly) connived with few committee chairmen and they opened a bazaar of corrupt insertions into the budget. I complained to the Speaker but he took no action, only for me to discover later that he, his deputy, whip and minority leader were (allegedly) indeed the ring leaders of that …cabal in the House. All they wanted was to do away with me, considered the obstacle.”

Jibrin also alleged that Senator Iyiola Omisore has been influencing Dogara negatively.

The former chairman also said Dogara takes people to Omisore to swear an oath of allegiance.


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