Former chairman of the House of
Representative Committee on Appropriation, Honorable Jibrin on Friday insisted
that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent
Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) must probe the
allegation of budget padding he leveled against the Speaker, Honorable Yakubu
Dogara and three other principal officers.
He said that, “This is a defining
moment for the House of Representatives. It will never be business as usual”.
To this end, he urged members “to
join hands and do the honorable thing by asking Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the
three other principal officers to reconvene the House and step down with
immediate effect to face prosecution.
Accordingly he said, “They have
all lost the moral grounds to call themselves presiding and principal officers
of the House. The more they cling on to power, the further the image of the
House will be battered.”
The statement reads in part: “I
wish to inform you that I have officially approached the EFFC and the ICPC to
come in and decisively deal with this matter and other corruption cases in the
House. Kindly note that the allegations must be externally investigated.
He also questioned the rationale
behind his former deputy, Honorable Chris Azibogu and few others’ decosopm to
address a press conference where they claimed there was no budget padding.
He wondered why “only 9 out of
the 40 appropriation committee members agreed to participate in such a
dishonorable press conference after
shamelessly collecting $20,000 each distributed to them yesterday at the
Speaker’s residence by his Deputy Chief of staff, Hon CID Maduabum.
“My same Deputy Hon Chris Azubogu
( you will remember his history with Hon Hembe in the 7th Assembly) who was
used to organize the press conference was clearly on camera almost crying at
the press conference where I announced my resignation.”