Alleged Budget Padding: Group of Reps Demands Probe Of Dogara, Others

A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives, Transparency Group, has demanded that the allegations brought against the Speaker and some principal officers of the House be investigated by external investigators.


The call is sequel to the ongoing controversy regarding allegations of the padding of the 2016 budget by former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin.


In a swift reaction, the Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Representative Abdulrazak Namdas, had dismissed the allegations by Mr Jibrin against the House leadership.


Speaking in Abuja, the spokesman of the Transparency Group, Representative Mohammad Soba, said that Representative Namdas does not have the mandate of the House to speak on the matter.


Musa Soba (APC-Kaduna), claimed that about 113 signatures had been collected from lawmakers from the six geopolitical zones and across party lines before Sallah break.


According to him, this is to compel the speaker to explain noticed discrepancies in the budget.


But what the members of the house did. Was it or was it not budget padding? A member of the integrity group was very clear on his position.

Other members also aired their views

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday gave seven-day notice to a former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to retract and apologise for his recent public pronouncements against him.


Mr. Dogara said Mr. Jibrin’s publication of a series of “libellous” materials in the media was done in “bad faith” and had caused “disaffection” between Nigerians and the House.


In the letter, which was written and dispatched on behalf of Mr. Dogara by his lawyers, Messrs. Professor Joash Amupitan and Co., the Speaker said Mr. Jibrin’s failure to comply with his request would have grave legal consequences.


The former Chairman, however, replied that he would never apologize to the Speaker over the allegations.


He noted that his lawyers have officially approached anti-graft agencies, towards working out a date for him to submit his petition and brief the agencies.


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