House of Reps on fire as replaced committee members fight back


Abdulmumin Jibrin, who until yesterday was the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Appropriations, on Thursday accused the speaker Yakubu Dogara, deputy speaker Yusuf Lasun, chief whip Ado Dogawa and minority leader Leo Ogor, of corruption. He called on all of them to resign.

“I strongly believe with every conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what transpired during 2016 budget which I have all the facts documented, Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Dogawa and minority leader Leo Ogor should resign,” he said in a Twitter storm on Thursday evening.

Jibrin, who had said yesterday that he stepped down as Appropriations committee chairman to “allow peace reign” in the House, was peeved over the fact that Dogara had announced that he had made up his mind to sack him as chairman of the committee irrespective of whether he tendered a resignation or not.

According to the Kano lawmaker, Dogara’s statement was a “complete misrepresentation of facts, false, mischievous, unfair and a calculated attempt to blackmail and silence him. ”

He accused principal officers of the House of trying to “nail” him for a while but consistently failing. He said they were displeased over the fact that he was “asserting his independence and insisting that we do the right thing at all times and expose corrupt people in the House” and also because he failed to back immunity for principal officers.

Jibrin said that the principal officers of the House were unhappy that he refused to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves N40 billion out of N100 billion allocated to the national assembly. He said he has documented evidence against them and would use it when the House resumed after recess.

He called Dogara a “petty and narrow minded” person, a “coward, hypocrite and pretender of the highest order.” Jibrin also advised Pres. Buhari to be wary of Dogara who he said “wines with Mr. President and dines with Mr. president’s enemies.”

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