Former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, who has been engaged in a war of words with Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers over allegations of padding the budget 2016 for personal gains, has said he will never apologise over his allegations.
Also drawn into the battle of wits is deputy speaker, Yusuf Lasun, Majority Leader, Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
Reacting through a series of tweets, to Dogara’s statements which asked him to retrace his steps, Jibrin wrote, “I will not, and will never, apologize to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust like speaker Dogara and three others”.
Speaker of the House of Representatives had in a statement issued a while ago, gave former Chairman, House of Representative’s Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin a seven-day ultimatum to tender an unreserved apology to him and retract all allegations made against him or face legal action.
The Kano Lawmaker representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency in the National assembly described the legal action threats by Speaker Dogara as “quite predicable”.
Jibrin wrote through his verified twitter account, “@AbdulAbmJ I know he will rush to court in order to invoke the house rules that matter in court cannot be heard on the floor”.
Jibrin also said: “I have responded to their allegations rather than respond to mine, he is rushing to court. I stand by my allegations and will not withdraw them”.
“He failed to realize that the law is not intended to protect corrupt people. It is such a shame”, Jibrin further tweeted.
The lawmaker also announced that his lawyer’s have approached the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the matter.
“I am happy to announce that my lawyers have officially approached the EFCC and the ICPC towards working out a date for me to personally submit my petition against Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leo Ogor”. He wrote.
“I believe once a date is agreed with the anti-corruption agencies, we would have begun the process of making these characters pay for abusing their office”, he tweeted
Jibrin, had demanded the immediate resignation of Dogara and the three other principal officers for allocating N40bn to themselves out of N100bn earmarked for the constituency projects of all lawmakers.