By Udoka Obidike
The unfolding drama at the House of Representatives over purported padding of 2016 budget got messier on Wednesday.
That was after Speaker Yakubu Dogara asked his accuser and former Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, to withdraw the allegation against him and three others with immediate effect and tender apology or face the wrath of the law.
Jibrin who got angrier by the threat did not waste time to reply Speaker Dogara, saying he was a rogue and that he stood by every letter of his allegations against him and others.
He had wondered why he would make such request for withdrawal of his allegations and tendering of apology.
Jibrin assured all the affected top officers of the House of Representatives that he would ensure that they all pay for their alleged roguish act.
In a statement signed by Jibrin on Wednesday, said he had approached the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), preparatory to submission of his petition.
“Speaker Dogara has threatened legal action on me. Quite predictable. I know he will rush to court in order to invoke the house rules that matter in court can not be heard on the floor,” Jibrin said.
“He failed to realise that the law is not intended to protect corrupt people. It is such a shame. I have responded to their allegations. Rather than respond to mine, he is rushing to court. I stand by my allegations, I will not withdraw them.
“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 Leader Leo Ogor.
“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 said.