(Kemi Yesufu, ABUJA)
Former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin has accused House Speaker Yakubu Dogara of handing out $25,000 each to lawmakers for their signatures being gathered towards giving him a vote of confidence.
Jibrin on Twitter (@AbdulAbmj) alleged that Dogara was using the chairman House Committee on Basic Education, Zakari Mohammed (Kwara-APC), and his counterpart in the Interior Committee, Jagaba Jagaba (Kaduna-APC), and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker, C.I.D Maduabum, to distribute the money. This is as he reiterated his call to the Speaker to “reconvene the House immediately and step aside”.
Recall that Jibrin had earlier identified the Interior and Basic Education Committees as being among the 10 Committees that were allegedly used to insert 2000 projects.
Both Zakari and Jagaba have vehemently denied their Committees being used to insert strange projects into the budget.
Jibrin said: “Fellow Nigerians, in a desperate attempt, corrupt Speaker Dogara and the 3 others have opened a register for a vote of confidence signature
“The register is opened at his Asokoro guest house located at Wilberforce Juta Crescent. Hon members are giving $25,000 to sign.
“This disgraceful act is coordinated by Hon Zakari Mohammed, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba and DCOS to Mr Speaker Hon C.I.D Maduabum.”