Dogara In Trouble? Over 100 Reps demand external probe

Things are getting hotter! There seems to be no let up to the 2016 budget scandal rocking the House of Representatives.

113 members of the green chamber have joined the fray, that it is wrong for Speaker Yakubu Dogara to be using the House spokesman to defend himself, calling for “an external investigation with a view to finding out if our principal officers are guilty or not”.

Also on Wednesday, former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon called for “stiff penalty” for anyone found guilty of the padding.

Recall that former Appropriations Committee chair, Abdulmumin Jibrin, blew the lid on the scandal following his removal last week.

He accused Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor of appropriating to themselves N40b of the N100b meant for the 360 member.

Dogara asked  Jibrin to withdraw the allegation against him. He threatened to sue for defamation, if Jibrin failed to withdraw the claim.

Jibrin vowed not to retract the claim, daring Dogara to go to court.
Briefing reporters in Abuja, 113 representatives known as Transparency Group distanced themselves from Dogara. They asked Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor to respond to the allegations as individuals.

Its spokesman Musa Soba (APC, Kaduna) said it was wrong for the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Abdulrazak Namdas to have claimed that the House was behind the Speaker on the issue.

The group wondered why the Speaker was shielding Jibrin before now.

Claiming that about 113 signatures were collected from lawmakers from the six geopolitical zones and across party lines before the last Sallah break, Soba said the intention was to compel the Speaker to explain the discrepancies in the budget.