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Jibrin Writes APC Chairman On Dogara
Former chairman of the House Of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has written to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Oyegun, explaining in details the allegations of corruption against Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Jibrin said the reasons he was writing the letter are:
- “To apologise and seek forgiveness of the party for the role I played in the election of the extremely corrupt Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
- “To give a background of the current crisis as a result of the allegations I raised against Speaker Dogara and the 12 other corrupt members.
- “To furnish you with the details of the allegations against Mr Speaker and the 12 others, and
- “To provide urgent recommendation on the way forward before this crisis cause irreparable damage to our great party.”
Jibrin said it was not easy for him to speak out on Dogara’s excesses, which he noticed only few weeks after the House election, because he had played a leading role in bringing Dogara to power as Speaker.
He accused the speaker of taking standing Committee Chairmen to swear an oath of allegiance before Iyola Omisore, whom Jibrin said was Dogara’s godfather.
“Studying Speaker Dogara in the last one year and many things I know that it may not be proper to mention here, he does not wish the APC well, he is a pretender of the highest order, he is not loyal to the party and he will provide a solid platform for a massive attack against our party in the nearer future. I know what I am talking about,” Jibrin added.
The Kano State lawmaker insisted that he did not commit any offence, saying that he believes the anti-corruption Agencies would do their jobs and he would be exonerated.
“My offense has been my refusal to be used as conduit to facilitate free flow of corruption in the House of Representatives,” he said.
Jibrin said it was shameless for Dogara to have said that padding was not an offence and that he cannot be prosecuted for it.
“Let me reiterate that padding is an offense. Padding can be tried under Nigerian laws. The Speaker can be investigated and prosecuted contrary to the claim of Mr Speaker,” he said.
Jibrin said his allegation was against Speaker and 12 other members of the House of Representatives, not the entire House, the Senate and the Executive as Dogara was insinuating.
The 12 others include: Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun; House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
Others are Herma Hembe, Mohammed Bago, Zakari Mohammed, Chike Okafor, Dan Asuquo, Jagaba Adams Jagaba, Haliru Jika, Babanle Ila and Abonta Abonta
Jibrin also alleged that since he came public with the allegations, “the Speaker has ordered that all the computers in the appropriation secretariat be shut down and moved to his office whilst the secretariat staff are being harassed to keep quiet and suppress facts relating to the entire budget and there has been attempts by agents of the speaker to burgle my office to steal vital documents.”
He added that “The Speaker was involved in money laundry cases in the House and was the architect of the fraudulent multi billion naira car purchase contract when he was Chairman House services committee.”
Jibrin said that “the world is watching to see how the APC will deal with this issue of incontrovertible corruption in high places”, adding that the party has now been presented with “a golden opportunity to show the world that there is zero tolerance for corruption in our great party the APC.”
“You will also agree with me that in the face of all these allegations and back and forth in his utterances, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the other Principal Officers have lost the moral ground to continue in office,” he added.
Jibrin recommended, among other things, that Dogara should “reconvene the House and step down with other accused Principal Officers immediately to allow for internal and external investigation without interference so that sanity will return.”