Ahead of the resumption of the members of the House of Reps on Tuesday, the former chairman of Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has written the 360 members of the House, insisting that they must mount pressure on Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the three others he accused of corruption in the 2016 budget to resign.
Jibrin had since his sack on July 20 made several allegations against Dogara, his deputy Yussuf Suleiman Lasun, chief whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and minority leader, Leo Ogor. He said in his 17-page letter yesterday that Dogara’s resignation was necessary in view of the allegations he raised against him and the three others.
“All the statements of Mr Speaker during the last few weeks have clearly proved my innocence. I have decided to find appropriate constitutional and legal means to get the Speaker and his co-travellers to account for the damage to my name and person and the trouble he has caused me and my family.”
“There are even more grounds for prosecution when such bill becomes an act. In the case of 2016 budget, Speaker Dogara, the 3 other Principal Officers used appropriation powers to commit fraud. The most patriotic thing we must all do is to insist that Speaker Dogara and the 3 other Principal Officers step down from their offices and hand them over to the anti-graft agencies for prosecution,” he said.