Budget Padding Jibrin writes House of Reps, insists Dogara, others must resign

Jibrin also calls for the resignation of the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor.

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Former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin has insisted that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara must resign.

Jibrin also calls for the resignation of the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and the Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor.

He had accused the principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget, the revelation which has dragged the integrity of the low chamber in the mud in the past months.

Jibrin affirmed the call for the resignation of the accused in a 17 page letter to members of the House.

In the letter dated September 16, 2016, the lawmaker maker accused the principal officers of monumental fraud, corruption and abuse of office.

He urged members of the House to to ask Dogara and other affected officers to step aside to allow for a thorough investigation of all the allegations he leveled against them so as to ensure the House does not become a laughing stock.

The letter read in part: “The truth of the matter is that I stood against corruption. I stood against budget fraud. The Speaker and the 3 Principal Officers saw me as a stumbling block to a free flow of corruption and budget fraud. They desperately wanted me out.

“That is why despite the fact that I told him of my decision to resign, from his pronouncement, he had wished he fired me. I have stated repeatedly that I did nothing wrong in the 2016 budget, I did not abuse my office or corruptly enrich myself in the 5 years I have been in the House. I have stated repeatedly that anybody that has an allegation against me in that regard should feel free and bring it up.

“The pronouncement of my questionable “sack” on the floor was immediately followed by a heavy campaign of calumny in the media spreading falsehood against my person and family sponsored by Speaker Dogara and in several instances using the House spokesperson and later his spokesman until some patriotic members called the House spokesperson to order.

“But that was a joke compared to what followed after the close of session on Thursday, July 21, 2016. The plan is to execute my “sack” just before the recess so that by the time we return I would have been buried and the issue forgotten. I promised Mr. Speaker on July 21st that this issue will never be swept under the carpet.”

The House is expected to deliberate on the matter on Tuesday, September 20.

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