Budget Padding: Jibrin Accuses Dogara Of Bribing Rep Members With $25,000 Each
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August 4, 2016 ( Post 1 )
Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara of bribing some members with 25,000 dollars each.
According to Jibrin, the alleged sum was for the selected members to sign a vote of confidence for the speaker and three other accused principal officers.
The lawmaker made the allegation in a statement issued to journalists yesterday in Abuja, saying members of the House of Representatives were given 25,000 dollars to sign a register opened at the Speakers Asokoro guest house. In the statement, Jibrin said....
"This disgraceful act is coordinated by Hon. Zakari Mohammed, Hon. Jagaba Adams Jagaba and DCOS to Mr Speaker Hon. CID Maduabum.
"It is a shame that Mr. Speaker has not responded to any of the allegations raised against him but has resorted to look for fraudulent cover
"My stand is that the corrupt Speaker Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa and Ogor must listen to Nigerians, reconvene the house immediately and step aside.
"Investigation by anti-graft agencies is already on and I pledge to support the investigation and prosecution of these corrupt public officers, "he said.
However, in a swift reaction to the allegation, one of the lawmakers accused of distributing the money, Hon. Zakari Mohammed in a tweet quickly debunked the allegation. He said;
"My attention has been drawn to yet another tweet by the former chairman appropriation committee, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin saying that I and others were distributing $25,000 to each member of the House, to generate signatures for speaker Dogara's vote of confidence,
"I want to state that the accusation is not only untrue but it is another tales by moonlight to hoodwink Nigerians to malign my image.
"Fellow countrymen please disregard this cheap blackmail aimed at playing to the gallery, I challenge Mr. Jibrin to name at least 10 members or less who benefitted from the bribe.
"My advice to Mr. Jibrin is that he should stop the mudslinging of my person and concentrate on licking his self-inflicted wounds."
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