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A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, has the allegation that he is the coordinator of the 'sham' vote of confidence for Speaker Yakubu Dogara over the budget padding allegation brought against him by Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Jibrin, the sacked chairman of the Appropriation Committee, had alleged that Dogara bribed some lawmakers with $25,000 each to sign a vote of confidence for him and three other principal officers involved in the scandal.

According to Jibrin, Mohammed and others are coordinating the vote of confidence bribe at the Speaker’s guest house in Asokoro.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, August 3, Mohammed described the allegation and challenged Jibrin to name those who benefited from the bribe.

"My attention has been drawn to yet another tweet by the former chairman appropriation committee, Hon. Jibrin, saying that I and others were distributing $25,000 to each member of the House," he said.

"That the money was to generate signatures for speaker Dogara as vote of confidence on him.

"The accusation is not only untrue but it is another tale by moonlight to hoodwink Nigerians to malign my image.

"Fellow countrymen please disregard this cheap blackmail aimed at playing to the gallery. I challenge Jibrin to name at least 10 members or less who benefitted from the bribe.

"My advice to Jibrin is that he should stop the mudslinging and concentrate on licking his self inflicted wounds."

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Jibrin had accused Dogara and other principals of the lower chamber of inserting projects worth billions of naira into the 2016 budget without the knowledge and approval of the House.

 

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