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A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on
Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, says at least 250 out of the
360 members of the House have signed a petition calling for the
probe and removal of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

He added that the Department of State Services had beefed up
security around him due to threats he had been receiving.

Jibrin said this on Thursday during a programme on Africa
Independent Television, titled,‘Focus Nigeria.’

The lawmaker claimed that some of his colleagues even demanded
that they marched down to the secretariat of the appropriations
committee, but he told them that it was not yet time to do so.

Jibrin said part of the demands of the lawmakers was that Dogara
should immediately reconvene the House, which is on holiday, and
then step down and allow a thorough probe of the lower chamber of
the National Assembly.

He, also, said Dogara had become jittery and had refused to give
in to their demands.

He said the intention of Dogara was to ensure that the House
remained on recess until September when the tension would have been
doused.

He said, “I am not alone, I am with many members. Yesterday
(Wednesday), a lot of them said they wanted to go to the
secretariat with me, but I said no. I didn’t want us to make the
thing to look like a movie.

“We have the transparency group and it did not just start now;
so no one can say Jibrin initiated it. It was formed even before we
went on holiday. Anyone that says we are lying must be a joker
because there were about 200 signatures before we left for
holiday.

“Now, they have increased to about 250. Another group has
emerged aside the integrity group and these groups have come
together and all they are asking Mr. Speaker to do is to reconvene
the House immediately and step down, but the body language of Mr.
Speaker and a few corrupt people around him is that the issue would
have died down when we resume in September and Nigerians would have
forgotten.

“You are corrupt and you are talking about September. What we
are asking for is that Mr. Speaker should reconvene the House
immediately and step down so that internal and external
investigations can go on concurrently.”

Jibrin said apart from the Speaker, the culprits in the budget
padding allegations were the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; the
Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and the Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa.

He said the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was not part of
the alleged budget padding because Gbajabiamila had been
marginalised by Dogara and was not in the chamber’s inner
caucus.

The lawmaker said he used to be friends with Gbajabiamila, but
they had not been on talking terms since last year when he
supported Dogara for the post of the Speaker.

“People keep asking why I didn’t mention Femi (Gbajabiamila). I
tried to explain that it is these four principal officers – the
Speaker, the deputy, the whip and the minority leader   –
that are involved. Everyone who knows the House will tell you that
these four people have hijacked it.

“The meeting where they decided to divert N40bn was at the
office of the Speaker and it was the four of them that insisted.
Even though I am not on good terms with Femi, he has not been
involved in the decisions of the House even as the Leader. He has
been excluded from key decisions in the House.”

Jibrin said he made 25 allegations against the Speaker and his
cohorts, adding that he had concrete evidence, which he was willing
to present.

He accused the minority leader of diverting the money budgeted
for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Jibrin said, “When I look at Leo Ogor, who has the audacity to
go on screen and talk, I fear for the future of this country. This
is somebody who practically made nonsense of the Niger Delta
Ministry’s budget. It was the beginning of my disagreement with him
and I have documents to prove it.

“He (Ogor) brought in all his projects into the budget. He
basically took over the budget of the Niger Delta Ministry. The
minister complained several times, but he couldn’t do anything
about it and I told Ogor that the way he was carrying on was not
the way to prepare budget.’’

He added, “When you talk of massive movement of money in the
budget, people will say the lawmakers have the power. Yes, I have
also come out to say that the lawmakers have the power to move
money, but the issue is that the Constitution did not envisage that
a lawmaker will do it like someone who needs to be taken to a
psychiatric hospital.

“For instance, a local government may have the capacity to use
10 transformers, but if a lawmaker decided to inflate it to 50
transformers, it is corruption; it is fraud. So, there is a limit
to appropriation.”

Jibrin also said the Speaker had come up with a plot to defraud
all the lawmakers under the guise of providing accommodation for
them.

“How can the Speaker write to members to contribute a part of
their running costs to build houses for them? A project being
carried out by his own consultants! The money is meant for members
to procure constituency offices, hold town hall meetings and do
research; and you want to divert the money for that kind of
project!”

Step-down demand a lie –Reps

Some members of the House of Representatives on Thursday dared
Jibrin to produce the evidence that 250 lawmakers had demanded the
resignation of Dogara.

The members told one of our correspondents that they were
becoming tired of Jibrin’s “unsubstantiated” allegations.

The Leader of Jibrin’s North-West Caucus, Mr. Alhassan
Ado-Doguwa, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker, who is also from
Kano State like Jibrin, challenged Jibrin to publish the register
to buttress his claim.

Ado-Doguwa said, “Jibrin does not have any member on his side.
Even in Kano, where he claims to have come from, he does not have
any member with him.

“I am in possession of a document containing signatures of about
20 members from Kano State supporting the Speaker, Dogara, and
other principal officers.

“Jibrin is a blackmailer trying to whip up sentiments. He is
fighting a lone battle, which will ultimately consume him.”

Some members also wondered how Jibrin got 250 members out of 360
to sign signatures at a time the House was on recess.

“The majority of members have actually travelled out of the
country. This is just a media war, which other members only read
and heard; they are not in Nigeria,” a lawmaker, who declined to be
named, said.

Ogor told The PUNCH that Jibrin needed the attention of
a psychiatrist.

He said, “I am amazed at how people continue to follow Jibrin
and his lies. Is it that they don’t have basic questions to ask
him?

“How do you open your mouth to say one person hijacked the
budget of a whole ministry or a region?

“Please, take this young man to see a psychiatrist for some
urgent attention. Besides, the budget is a public document. Is it
too difficult to pick a copy and find out what this fellow is
talking about?”

Findings by our correspondents indicated that about 100 members
signed a document before they proceeded on break on June 21.

But The PUNCH gathered that the document was for the
budgeting process to be made transparent.

“How it now changed direction to calls for resignation of the
Speaker by 250 members is what doesn’t add up,” one senior member
stated.

House Majority Leader, Gbajabiamila, could not be reached on
Thursday as he was said to be out of the country.

However, a source confirmed that Gbajabiamila and Jibrin were
not on good terms, as they had hardly exchanged greetings since the
inauguration of the 8th Assembly on June 9, 2015.

“That is why this thinking that Gbajabiamila and Jibrin could be
working together is far from being the truth,” the source said.

Buhari to meet Dogara today

Barring any last minute change in schedule, President Muhammadu
Buhari will on Friday (today) grant audience to Dogara.

The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the raging
controversy over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget would form
a major part of the discussion at the meeting.

A presidency source, who spoke with one of our correspondents on
Thursday, said the scheduled meeting between the President and the
Speaker was at the instance of Dogara.

The source said the Speaker might have sought for an audience
with the President to explain his side of the story.

He said Buhari agreed to meet Dogara in his office after Jumat
prayers.

He said, “The President will be meeting with the Speaker after
Jumat on Friday (today).

“The meeting will hold around 2.30pm in the President’s
office.

“There is nothing unusual in the two leaders meeting. They do so
regularly, but I know this one is at the instance of the
Speaker.”

When asked if Dogara would seek the President’s protection
against investigation and prosecution, the source said Buhari’s
position on corruption was known to all.

“We all know the President’s position on corruption. With that,
I don’t think the Speaker will make any demand on him apart from
stating his side of the story,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr.
Femi Adesina, had in a recent interview given an indication that
Buhari would not interfere in the House of Representatives’
matters, especially as it concerns the padding allegations.

“This is purely a matter for the House of Representatives to
deal with,” Adesina had said.

APC bars Jibrin from public comments

The All Progressives Congress on Thursday began moves to silence
Jibrin over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, in his petition to security agencies, including the
police, had accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and 12
others of padding the budget.

The National Working Committee of the APC, in a letter to Jibrin
signed by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal
Shuaibu, and dated August 4, 2016, asked the lawmaker to stop
further comments on the padding scandal either through conventional
or social media.

In the letter titled, ‘The crisis in the House of
Representatives’, the APC said it was not happy with the
developments in the House.

In the NWC’s letter, the party leadership stated that it found
it embarrassing to have to deal with the scandal.

The letter read in part, “As you are aware, the party and,
indeed, the government have not been happy over the recent
developments in the House of Representatives over the issue of the
2016 budget. We found it embarrassing to have to deal with another
new phenomenon you tagged ‘Budget Padding.’

“However, I write to thank you for your cooperation in honouring
our intervention and your readiness to afford the party the chance
to handle the House of Representatives ‘budget padding’ crisis.

“Arising from the meetings we held with you over the subject
matter, the National Working Committee has decided to request you
to, henceforth, avoid issuing any public statement on this matter.
This includes statements through the social media or other means of
transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party
is now looking into it towards finding a possible solution.

“While counting on your cooperation, please accept my sincere
best wishes.”

The APC ‘s NWC had met with Dogara and Jibrin separately on
Tuesday, with the aim of addressing the crisis and preventing the
removal of the Speaker.

But a day after meeting with party leaders, Jibrin went on
Twitter, alleging that Dogara handed out $25,000 each to lawmakers
so that they could pass a vote of confidence on the speaker.

The lawmaker also claimed that the Speaker opened a register at
his Asokoro guest house where each member who signed was handed the
cash.

Jibrin had, last week, made a similar allegation against nine
members of the House Committee on Appropriation, who disowned him.
In the case of the appropriation committee lawmakers, Jibrin
alleged that they took a bribe of $20,000 each.

 Jibrin heeds party’s directive

Jibrin on Thursday evening seemed to have heeded the directive
of the APC leaders on the budget padding.

The lawmaker, who had early on Thursday continued his attacks on
the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, seemed to have yielded to
pressure from the party leaders around 5.35pm.

The former chairman of appropriation committee, who had been
posting messages relating to the budget padding on his Twitter
handle, on Thursday evening posted a picture where he was kissing
his wife.

Obviously referring to the directive of the APC leaders, he
stated, “Since I can’t post anything else, let me just celebrate my
wife.”

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A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on
Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, says at least 250 out of the
360 members of the House have signed a petition calling for the
probe and removal of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

He added that the Department of State Services had beefed up
security around him due to threats he had been receiving.

Jibrin said this on Thursday during a programme on Africa
Independent Television, titled,‘Focus Nigeria.’

The lawmaker claimed that some of his colleagues even demanded
that they marched down to the secretariat of the appropriations
committee, but he told them that it was not yet time to do so.

Jibrin said part of the demands of the lawmakers was that Dogara
should immediately reconvene the House, which is on holiday, and
then step down and allow a thorough probe of the lower chamber of
the National Assembly.

He, also, said Dogara had become jittery and had refused to give
in to their demands.

He said the intention of Dogara was to ensure that the House
remained on recess until September when the tension would have been
doused.

He said, “I am not alone, I am with many members. Yesterday
(Wednesday), a lot of them said they wanted to go to the
secretariat with me, but I said no. I didn’t want us to make the
thing to look like a movie.

“We have the transparency group and it did not just start now;
so no one can say Jibrin initiated it. It was formed even before we
went on holiday. Anyone that says we are lying must be a joker
because there were about 200 signatures before we left for
holiday.

“Now, they have increased to about 250. Another group has
emerged aside the integrity group and these groups have come
together and all they are asking Mr. Speaker to do is to reconvene
the House immediately and step down, but the body language of Mr.
Speaker and a few corrupt people around him is that the issue would
have died down when we resume in September and Nigerians would have
forgotten.

“You are corrupt and you are talking about September. What we
are asking for is that Mr. Speaker should reconvene the House
immediately and step down so that internal and external
investigations can go on concurrently.”

Jibrin said apart from the Speaker, the culprits in the budget
padding allegations were the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; the
Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; and the Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa.

He said the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was not part of
the alleged budget padding because Gbajabiamila had been
marginalised by Dogara and was not in the chamber’s inner
caucus.

The lawmaker said he used to be friends with Gbajabiamila, but
they had not been on talking terms since last year when he
supported Dogara for the post of the Speaker.

“People keep asking why I didn’t mention Femi (Gbajabiamila). I
tried to explain that it is these four principal officers – the
Speaker, the deputy, the whip and the minority leader   –
that are involved. Everyone who knows the House will tell you that
these four people have hijacked it.

“The meeting where they decided to divert N40bn was at the
office of the Speaker and it was the four of them that insisted.
Even though I am not on good terms with Femi, he has not been
involved in the decisions of the House even as the Leader. He has
been excluded from key decisions in the House.”

Jibrin said he made 25 allegations against the Speaker and his
cohorts, adding that he had concrete evidence, which he was willing
to present.

He accused the minority leader of diverting the money budgeted
for the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

Jibrin said, “When I look at Leo Ogor, who has the audacity to
go on screen and talk, I fear for the future of this country. This
is somebody who practically made nonsense of the Niger Delta
Ministry’s budget. It was the beginning of my disagreement with him
and I have documents to prove it.

“He (Ogor) brought in all his projects into the budget. He
basically took over the budget of the Niger Delta Ministry. The
minister complained several times, but he couldn’t do anything
about it and I told Ogor that the way he was carrying on was not
the way to prepare budget.’’

He added, “When you talk of massive movement of money in the
budget, people will say the lawmakers have the power. Yes, I have
also come out to say that the lawmakers have the power to move
money, but the issue is that the Constitution did not envisage that
a lawmaker will do it like someone who needs to be taken to a
psychiatric hospital.

“For instance, a local government may have the capacity to use
10 transformers, but if a lawmaker decided to inflate it to 50
transformers, it is corruption; it is fraud. So, there is a limit
to appropriation.”

Jibrin also said the Speaker had come up with a plot to defraud
all the lawmakers under the guise of providing accommodation for
them.

“How can the Speaker write to members to contribute a part of
their running costs to build houses for them? A project being
carried out by his own consultants! The money is meant for members
to procure constituency offices, hold town hall meetings and do
research; and you want to divert the money for that kind of
project!”

Step-down demand a lie –Reps

Some members of the House of Representatives on Thursday dared
Jibrin to produce the evidence that 250 lawmakers had demanded the
resignation of Dogara.

The members told one of our correspondents that they were
becoming tired of Jibrin’s “unsubstantiated” allegations.

The Leader of Jibrin’s North-West Caucus, Mr. Alhassan
Ado-Doguwa, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker, who is also from
Kano State like Jibrin, challenged Jibrin to publish the register
to buttress his claim.

Ado-Doguwa said, “Jibrin does not have any member on his side.
Even in Kano, where he claims to have come from, he does not have
any member with him.

“I am in possession of a document containing signatures of about
20 members from Kano State supporting the Speaker, Dogara, and
other principal officers.

“Jibrin is a blackmailer trying to whip up sentiments. He is
fighting a lone battle, which will ultimately consume him.”

Some members also wondered how Jibrin got 250 members out of 360
to sign signatures at a time the House was on recess.

“The majority of members have actually travelled out of the
country. This is just a media war, which other members only read
and heard; they are not in Nigeria,” a lawmaker, who declined to be
named, said.

Ogor told The PUNCH that Jibrin needed the attention of
a psychiatrist.

He said, “I am amazed at how people continue to follow Jibrin
and his lies. Is it that they don’t have basic questions to ask
him?

“How do you open your mouth to say one person hijacked the
budget of a whole ministry or a region?

“Please, take this young man to see a psychiatrist for some
urgent attention. Besides, the budget is a public document. Is it
too difficult to pick a copy and find out what this fellow is
talking about?”

Findings by our correspondents indicated that about 100 members
signed a document before they proceeded on break on June 21.

But The PUNCH gathered that the document was for the
budgeting process to be made transparent.

“How it now changed direction to calls for resignation of the
Speaker by 250 members is what doesn’t add up,” one senior member
stated.

House Majority Leader, Gbajabiamila, could not be reached on
Thursday as he was said to be out of the country.

However, a source confirmed that Gbajabiamila and Jibrin were
not on good terms, as they had hardly exchanged greetings since the
inauguration of the 8th Assembly on June 9, 2015.

“That is why this thinking that Gbajabiamila and Jibrin could be
working together is far from being the truth,” the source said.

Buhari to meet Dogara today

Barring any last minute change in schedule, President Muhammadu
Buhari will on Friday (today) grant audience to Dogara.

The PUNCH learnt on Thursday that the raging
controversy over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget would form
a major part of the discussion at the meeting.

A presidency source, who spoke with one of our correspondents on
Thursday, said the scheduled meeting between the President and the
Speaker was at the instance of Dogara.

The source said the Speaker might have sought for an audience
with the President to explain his side of the story.

He said Buhari agreed to meet Dogara in his office after Jumat
prayers.

He said, “The President will be meeting with the Speaker after
Jumat on Friday (today).

“The meeting will hold around 2.30pm in the President’s
office.

“There is nothing unusual in the two leaders meeting. They do so
regularly, but I know this one is at the instance of the
Speaker.”

When asked if Dogara would seek the President’s protection
against investigation and prosecution, the source said Buhari’s
position on corruption was known to all.

“We all know the President’s position on corruption. With that,
I don’t think the Speaker will make any demand on him apart from
stating his side of the story,” he said.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr.
Femi Adesina, had in a recent interview given an indication that
Buhari would not interfere in the House of Representatives’
matters, especially as it concerns the padding allegations.

“This is purely a matter for the House of Representatives to
deal with,” Adesina had said.

APC bars Jibrin from public comments

The All Progressives Congress on Thursday began moves to silence
Jibrin over the alleged padding of the 2016 budget.

Jibrin, in his petition to security agencies, including the
police, had accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and 12
others of padding the budget.

The National Working Committee of the APC, in a letter to Jibrin
signed by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal
Shuaibu, and dated August 4, 2016, asked the lawmaker to stop
further comments on the padding scandal either through conventional
or social media.

In the letter titled, ‘The crisis in the House of
Representatives’, the APC said it was not happy with the
developments in the House.

In the NWC’s letter, the party leadership stated that it found
it embarrassing to have to deal with the scandal.

The letter read in part, “As you are aware, the party and,
indeed, the government have not been happy over the recent
developments in the House of Representatives over the issue of the
2016 budget. We found it embarrassing to have to deal with another
new phenomenon you tagged ‘Budget Padding.’

“However, I write to thank you for your cooperation in honouring
our intervention and your readiness to afford the party the chance
to handle the House of Representatives ‘budget padding’ crisis.

“Arising from the meetings we held with you over the subject
matter, the National Working Committee has decided to request you
to, henceforth, avoid issuing any public statement on this matter.
This includes statements through the social media or other means of
transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party
is now looking into it towards finding a possible solution.

“While counting on your cooperation, please accept my sincere
best wishes.”

The APC ‘s NWC had met with Dogara and Jibrin separately on
Tuesday, with the aim of addressing the crisis and preventing the
removal of the Speaker.

But a day after meeting with party leaders, Jibrin went on
Twitter, alleging that Dogara handed out $25,000 each to lawmakers
so that they could pass a vote of confidence on the speaker.

The lawmaker also claimed that the Speaker opened a register at
his Asokoro guest house where each member who signed was handed the
cash.

Jibrin had, last week, made a similar allegation against nine
members of the House Committee on Appropriation, who disowned him.
In the case of the appropriation committee lawmakers, Jibrin
alleged that they took a bribe of $20,000 each.

 Jibrin heeds party’s directive

Jibrin on Thursday evening seemed to have heeded the directive
of the APC leaders on the budget padding.

The lawmaker, who had early on Thursday continued his attacks on
the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, seemed to have yielded to
pressure from the party leaders around 5.35pm.

The former chairman of appropriation committee, who had been
posting messages relating to the budget padding on his Twitter
handle, on Thursday evening posted a picture where he was kissing
his wife.

Obviously referring to the directive of the APC leaders, he
stated, “Since I can’t post anything else, let me just celebrate my
wife.”

Copyright PUNCH.

The post 250 Reps want Dogara to step down, says Jibrin
appeared first from online sources and was reposted by the community on Welcome to 9jalegal – Nigeria’s Leading Legal
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