As the House of Representatives reconvenes Tuesday (today), Transparency Group (TG) lawmakers have vowed to resist any plans to pass a vote of confidence on Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
It was learnt that TG lawmakers numbering about 80, are resolved to oppose any move by the House to pass a vote of confidence on the Speaker and the other principal officers alleged to have padded the 2016 budget.
At a meeting of the group which reportedly lasted into far night of Monday, the group resolved that Dogara must step aside so that proper investigation on his alleged padding of the budget is carried out.
TG also resolved at the meeting that it would not agree for the House’s Ethics and Privileges Committee to be the one to investigate the matter, vowing to raise it at the floor of the House.
The lawmakers said the group was not interested in witch-hunting anybody but want to ensure that the truth of the matter is established, adding that TG will resist any attempt to suspend anybody.
The group is said to have vowed that the matter must be investigated and anything short of that, will not be accepted.
Dogara and other principal officers of the House were accused by Abdulmumin Jibrin, the former Appropriations Chairman, of making criminal insertions into the 2016 budget.