Budget Padding: Commotion in House of Reps as members settle for probing Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to conduct an investigation into the allegations of tampering with the 2016 budget by some of its members.

This followed a point of order brought under Matters of Privilege by the Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

It would be recalled that former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano), accused the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and some principal officers of padding the 2016 budget.

Jibrin also demanded that Dogara should resign to allow investigations to be conducted into the matter.

Moving the point of order, Oker-Jev called for the suspension of Jibrin, describing his allegations as “sundry act of misconduct” against the members and institution of the House of Representatives.

According to him, Jibrin embarked on campaign of calumny and denigration by making publications in the media and internet against the entire membership of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly as an institution.

Oker-Jev said:

“Jibrin’s comments were contemptuous of the House of Representatives and a breach of collective privileges of the members of the house.”

However, efforts to oppose the point of order by Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) failed. Madaki said that it would be a honourable thing for the accused persons to resign in order to allow for proper investigation into the matter.

Reacting, Dogara said that since all the members of the House were accused, Madaki should be the first to resign.

The matter was referred to the Committee on Ethics and Privileges for proper investigation and to report back in one week.

But this was not before the House witnessed a commotion following the decision of Dogara to recognise Oker-Jev to speak ahead of Madaki. It took several minutes for order to be restored in the House.

Source: The Eagle Online.

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