Reps to decide Jibrin’s fate on Tuesday.
Indications have emerged that the House of Representatives may begin the process of sanctioning its erstwhile Appropriation Committee chairman, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, as soon as it reconvenes from an 8-week recess on Tuesday.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the need to take disciplinary action against Jibrin over allegations of padding he leveled against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the lower chamber, would top the legislators’ agenda immediately they resume.
Sources in the House disclosed that the allegations, which Jibrin raised just 24 hours after his sack as the chairman of the Appropriation Committee on July 20, would throw the House into confusion as different groups would be making various demands. The House has been on recess since the scandal broke out.
His corruption allegations had brought to question, some of the activities of the entire leadership of House.
Jibrin himself was alleged to have allocated projects worth N4.3 billion to his Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State in the budget, a development that forced his colleagues in the House to demand for his sack in April, but Dogara reportedly shielded him until July 20.
He has submitted petitions to anti-corruption agencies and foreign embassies, calling for a probe, and has been asking Dogara and other principal officers to resign.
Speaking to Daily Trust on Sunday yesterday, the spokesperson of the House, Abdulrazak Namdas, said they would wait until the House reconvened on Tuesday before taking a decision on the matter based on their rules.
“As a House we are guided by rules, so we’ll look at the rules and apply them accordingly. I can assure Nigerians that whatever we’ll do on this matter, we’ll follow our rules,” he said.
Earlier in July, Namdas said the House would conduct an internal probe into the 8-month tenure of Jibrin to establish all the allegations leveled against him by members and some government agencies.
The spokesperson also said the House would refer Jibrin to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over his handling of the 2016 budget and his stewardship as chairman of Finance Committee during the 7th Assembly.
It was also gathered that members of the Transparency Group in the House would demand that all the officers Jibrin had accused submit themselves for investigations to anti-corruption agencies before they would be allowed to retain their positions.
The group, which was formed in the wake of the budget padding allegations that rocked the House, said the entire leadership of the lower chamber must get a clean bill of health from the agencies if they wanted to be accepted as leaders.
Jibrin had accused Dogara, his deputy, Yussuf Suleiman Lasun; Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa, and Minority Leader Leo Ogor, of perpetrating monumental corruption in the 2016 budget by allegedly attempting to compel him to include projects worth about N40 billion for them in the budget. The quartet has since denied any wrongdoing in the budget.
The Transparency Group disclosed its new position on the matter, just as the members of the Green Chamber were preparing to reconvene on Tuesday after an 8-week recess.
Jibrin had written petitions to the EFCC, ICPC, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption, among other agencies, asking for the probe of the principal officers.
But Dogara had said he was not going to resign on account of the allegations, as according to him, “padding is not a crime.”
Speaking to our reporter yesterday, the spokesperson of the Transparency Group, Mohammed Musa Soba (APC, Kaduna), said the speaker and all the others mentioned in the petitions must clear their names.
“They must submit themselves to the anti-corruption agencies for proper investigation so that they’ll come out clean. Any accused person has to clear himself,” he said.
Asked if they would be asking Dogara to resign, Soba said: “It’s only those that are patriotic enough that can resign, but what we’re demanding as a matter of right is that they must submit themselves to the anti-corruption agencies for investigation, if not, there’s no way they can lead anybody in that chamber.
“That’s our position and we won’t relent in our efforts until we see that the right thing is done. As we reconvene on Tuesday, we’ll continue with our efforts,” he added.
via daily trust
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