Ousted chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has accused the speaker of the House of attempting to pad N40bn into the 2016 budget.
Jibrin who was recently sacked from his position as the chairman of the House Committee has revealed what he claimed to be the true reasons for his removal on Wednesday.
Jibrin, who was a former ally of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said that he chose to step down from the position due to personal reasons.
According to a statement released late on Thursday, Mr. Jibrin raised a rather shocking allegation of fraud against Speaker Dogara.
He accused the speaker of attempting to pad N40 billion into the controversial 2016 budget.
Jibrin’s statement read in part:
“I am obliged to make further statement after listening to the full statement of Speaker Yakubu Dogara on why I had to leave as Chairman Appropriation.
“It is a fact I went up to the Speaker and told him clearly I wanted to leave. He confirmed this in his statement but it appeared he wished he had fired me instead of my personal decision to step down.
“I was therefore not surprised when an aide of mine walked into my office to inform me that the Speaker had announced my departure. I was relieved and went straight to address the press and released a statement.
“It was only later in the evening while monitoring the news that I watched the full statement he made on the floor.
“Speaker Dogara’s statement was a complete misrepresentation of the facts, false, mischievous, unfair and a calculated attempt to bring my name to disrepute, blackmail, silence and use me as a scape-goat.
“The plan is to execute it just before the recess so that by the time we return I would have been buried and the issue forgotten.
“This was the last option they had after every attempt to find something to nail me failed.
“It is a known fact that I am a very blunt person by nature. I don’t know how to pretend.
“I don’t do eye service neither will I ever be a sycophant. I don’t give returns. I just do my job faithfully and dedicatedly.
“My offence was asserting my independence and insisting that we do the right thing at all times and expose corrupt people in the House.
“Lately I openly disagreed with some principal officers on the issue of immunity for Lawmakers and budget issues. I still maintained I will never support immunity.
Jibrin Says Dogara Should Resign
“I strongly believe with every conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what transpired during 2016 budget which I have all the facts documented, Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and minority Leader Leo Ogor should resign.
“These members of the body of principal officers were not comfortable with my independent disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves 40billion naira out of the 100billion allocated to the entire National Assembly.
“In addition to billions of wasteful projects running over 20 billion they allocated to their constituencies. They must come out clean.
“My inability to admit into the budget almost 30 billion personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the 3 other principal officers also became an issue. I have every documented evidence to this effect.
“Meanwhile, I intend to explore all internal avenues of the House to brief my colleagues in detail and testify against Speaker Dogara, Deputy Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority leader Leo Ogor on why they should resign.
“If I am not allowed to exercise my privilege, I shall consider legal options.
“I can no longer bear the brunt of abuses and baseless allegations keeping quiet all in the name of “confidentiality” expected of an appropriation chairman.
“I will not allow anybody no matter how highly placed to destroy my life as intended by the full statement of Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
“Now Nigerians will see clearly the ulterior motive behind the desperate moves for immunity for principal officers of the National Assembly.”