Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin has asked Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara to step aside for investigations to commence over alleged padding of the 2016 Budget.
Jibrin in another statement issued yesterday advised the 4 principal officers he accused of padding the budget to quit their positions for a proper investigation to commence by anti-graft agencies.
Dogara and Jibrin Dogara and Jibrin In the statement Jibrin said “today marks one month since we commenced the struggle to expose budget fraud and wipe out corruption in the House of Representatives.
“It was a month of startling revelations, 30 days of threats and intimidations and 720 hours of fervent struggle to exterminate corruption in the House.
“Although it is a trite that corruption has eaten deep into the nation’s fabric, but the systemic corruption in the House, especially under the corrupt leadership of Yakubu Dogara, is second to none.
“My resolve to champion this cause was borne out of patriotism and desire to complement the present administration’s anti-corruption war from the legislative front.
“We have remained resolute and steadfast despite the blackmail, propaganda and campaign of calumny sponsored by the corrupt Speaker Dogara and his cabal, while ignoring all the allegations raised against them.
“During this period, they have struggled to settle on one single allegation against me or a single reason for “sacking” me that can stand the test of truth. Every day the reason for “sacking” me continues to change.
“The truth remains that Speaker Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor and others committed monumental fraud in the 2016 budget which can be prosecuted under our laws. We will explore all legal avenues to ensure that justice is served.
“I have stated severally that Speaker Dogara and the other accused Principal Officers have completely lost the moral ground to continue in their various offices. They should, therefore, reconvene the House immediately and step aside to allow for investigation without interference. Speaker Dogara cannot be a judge in his own case, as the legal maxim, nemo judex in parte sua, provides.
“It will be the 10th wonder of the world if Speaker Dogara and the 3 other Principal Officers are allowed to continue in office. It will amount to having a corrupt man and fraudster as Speaker, as no 4 citizen under this dispensation which has zero tolerance for corruption. “This should go concurrently with wide ranging reforms to restore the glory and honour of the House. Obviously Speaker Dogara lacks the integrity to superintend over such reforms. That is why I keep emphasizing that this whole issue is beyond Speaker Dogara.”