House In Rowdy Session Over Dogara, Jibrin

Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin
Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House Of Representatives was thrown into a rowdy session on Wednesday, following suspected moves to suspend Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara had recognised Emmanuel Orker-jev, Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, to speak and he moved a motion on breach of his privilege and that of the House by the embattled former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

Oker-Jev spoke amidst heavy shouts of ‘no no’, supposedly from members of the Transparency group.

He said that the budget padding allegations raised by Jibrin, had brought the House under heavy criticism.

At that point, Jibrin was reported to be pacing around the chamber under the close watch of the sergeant-at-arms.

The motion was however passed and referred to the ethics and privileges committee, to look into the matter while Dogara loyalists kept shouting “Dogara, Dogara.”

Another member, Aliyu Madaki was recognised to speak, but he was barely heard, as many of the lawmakers were screaming all at the same time.



    Brief calm however returned to the house and Madaki was allowed ‎to speak.

    He pointed out that the motion by Oker-Jev was not seconded by any legislator, and reminded Dogara that there was a call for him to step down on account of the allegations brought against him by Jibrin.

    Dogara said‎: “We all know who seconded the motion. The allegations were against the house; if I must resign, I will wait for you to tender in your resignation first.”

    At this point the House became rowdy once more as some Dogara-loyalists started hailing the speaker at the top ‎of their voices and distributing faze caps and mufflers with the inscription: “I stand with Dogara.”

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