Abuja - Former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has alleged that Speaker Yakubu Dogara dished out $25 000 to lawmakers in order to secure a vote of confidence.
According to a Punch report, Jibrin has claimed that Dogara opened a register at a guest house he owns before each member was informed that they would receive their cash there.
In addition, Jibrin has alleged that Zakari Mohammed, Chairman of the House Committee on Basic Education, coordinated the disbursement of funds to the Reps while being assisted by Adams Jagaba, Chairman of the Committee on Interior and Cyril Maduabum, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker.
In a series of tweets posted on Wednesday, Jibrin alleged that he was ready to be investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in addition to investigations by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, The Cable reports.
Dogara Deputy Chief of Staff has since reacted to the allegations, dismissing the claims and saying that Jibrin's utterances have begun to follow a similar pattern.
"It is true that he loves mentioning my name, but is he so unintelligent not to notice a pattern. Hon. (Nkem) Abonta disagrees with him on national television, he immediately adds his name in a petition to the EFCC; Hon. (Adams) Jagaba grants an interview against him, he adds his name in the charge sheet which he carries about.
"The Appropriation Committee members disowned him, he immediately alleges inducement of $20,000; the whole House rises against him, then immediately everyone is given $25,000 USD each.
"Can he not see that no one needs to be induced when he is on a one-man riot squad to denigrate all members of the House and pull down the institution of the National Assembly?" Maduabum questioned.
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