Budget Padding 'Dogara is a shameless thief', Jibrin insists

Abdulmumin Jibrin has launched another round of blistering attacks on Speaker Dogara

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House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin

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Former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has referred to Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers of the House as "shameless thieves".

Jibrin had accused Dogara, Deputy speaker Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, of "criminal insertions" into the budget totalling billions of naira.

 

Jibrin also made it clear he isn't going to appear before the Ethics Committee of the House, unless the committee makes its proceedings public.

"The House belongs to Nigerians not the 360 members!

"Despite all these and since I can substantiate the allegations I raised with cogency, I will take up the opportunity provided by the Ethics committee to state my case under the condition that the proceedings will be public and the Ethics committee will allow the Press, CSOs, NGOs, NLC, ASUU, NANS, NBA and the general public to witness the entire proceedings", the lawmaker said in a statement sent to Pulse.

"This is the only way that I can have the comfort and confidence that the proceedings and outcome will not be manipulated or compromised.

"I am ready to appear before the committee even today if the proceedings will be public".

The House reconvened on a rowdy note this week.

Jibrin has stated his fight against Dogara isn't about to peter out, insisting he's got the stamina to go the entire hog. 

"The grand plan is to dilute the ongoing external investigation by the police and EFCC and use the Ethics Committee for a soft landing. I have never lived with the illusion that this matter will be a sprint, knowing the corrupt interest of a few cabal in the House.

"I have all the stamina and agility to go the marathon and ensure justice is served. I have said repeatedly, I stand by my allegations", said Jibrin.

Protests

On Thursday, hundreds of protesters under the aegis of the Coalition in Defence of Democracy (CDD), thronged the National Assembly complex, demanding that Jibrin be suspended.

“We demand the indefinite suspension and prosecution of Hon Jibrin for contempt of the House, operating of foreign account, scandalising the House, contract splitting, money laundering and living above his means,” one banner held aloft by the protesters, read.

Leading the protesters was Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere.

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Ikenga Ugochinyere

 

Ugochinyere told reporters that his group has initiated contact with Abubakar Malami who is the Justice Minister and Attorney General of the federation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to prosecute the lawmaker for allegedly maintaining a foreign account in the United kingdom (UK).

“This dastard plot to destabilize the parliament is real. It aims at discrediting the parliament to enable them force a leadership change to suit the whims and caprices of those external forces who could not win on the floor of the parliament, who are now using Jibrin to continue a battle they were roundly defeated", said Ugochinyere.

“Despite knowing the powers of the legislature in appropriation as provided in section 59, 81, 82 of the constitution, Jibrin has obliged himself to negative democratic influences who are willing to go the extra mile to derail democracy. This must be condemned in its entirety.”

An aide of Jibrin however told Pulse that the protesters were hired hands who "collect money from the highest bidder to pursue nefarious agenda".

The aide who pleaded that his name be left out of this story, said: "Speaker Dogara has a huge financial warchest. The plan is to get Jibrin out of the House by bribing lawmakers and  hiring members of the public to aid his evil cause".

Asked how many Reps were still backing Jibrin, the aide said: "Dogara has bribed a chunk of them and Jibrin's camp has shrunk considerably. It was never going to be easy taking on the might of the national assembly and the nation's number 5 man. It's an uphill battle for Jibrin now and he knows it".

Quizzed on whether the  alleged plot to suspend Jibrin will prove successful, the aide offered resignedly: "It's possible. Everything is possible".

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