Budget Padding Saga: Jibrin Denies APC’s Invitation


Ousted Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has denied reports that he is set to face the disciplinary committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) due to allegations of fraud he leveled against Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who’s also a member of the APC.

Jibrin has accused Dogara and 3 other lawmakers of padding the 2016 budget.

He denied being summoned by the APC in a statement released on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

The statement reads:

“My attention has been drawn to media reports going round that I have been summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee of our great party. I wish to state as follows.

“That I only received a letter yesterday evening inviting me to a meeting in respect of the current crisis in the House today by 2pm at the party’s secretariat. The letter did not in any way indicate it is a disciplinary committee.

“And I have responded that I will attend the meeting despite my tight schedules shuttling between security and anti-corruption agencies to provide support and evidence against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and 9 others. The Party had stated that it has made several attempt to reach me through calls and text messages.

“I did not receive any, even if I did, it would have been very difficult for me to attend because of the attempt by the quartet of Speaker Dogara and others, who were determined to abduct or kidnap me until few days when my lawyers requested and got maximum protection for me from the DSS and Police.

“I am confident that the party will do the rightful thing by throwing its weight to support our resolve to wipe out corrupt people and institutional corruption in the House, and prevail or direct Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor to reconvene the house immediately and step aside to face their imminent prosecution and save the party and our dear country further embarrassment.


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