N15bn allegation: Ex-lawmaker threatens to sue Okonjo-Iweala

N15bn allegation: Ex-lawmaker threatens to sue Okonjo-Iweala

- A former House of Representatives member from Jigawa state, Yusuf Shitu Galambi, may sue the former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonja Iweala, over N15 billion allegation

- Galambi said he was never seen the money that Iweala was talking about or witness where it was given to any member of the NASS

- The lawmaker, however, urged the former minister to apologise to the lawmakers or face the law

A former House of Representatives member from Jigawa state, Alhaji Yusuf Shitu Galambi, might drag the former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonja Iweala, to the court of law over N15 billion allegation.

Daily Trust reports that Iweala was recently quoted to have said that the Jonathan-led administration had given a sum of N15bn to the members of the 7th National Assembly to pass the 2015 budget.

NAIJ.com gathered that Galambi, however, called on the former minister to apologise to the lawmakers or face the law.

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According to him, “I was a member of the NASS from 2011-2015 and served under the appropriation committee of the house during the period, but I was not given any money to facilitate passage of the 2015 budget.

“Not only that I was not given money, but I have never seen the money she was talking about or witness where it was given to any member of the NASS.”

Galambi further said if the former minister insisted that the FG had given lawmakers N15bn for the passage of 2015 budget, she should tell Nigerians how much government gave to the lawmakers to pass the budgets of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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The former lawmaker said he had already directed his lawyers to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) with a view to taking appropriate actions on the matter.

The former lawmaker, who represented Gwaram federal constituency in Jigawa state, appealed to both EFCC and ICPC to investigate Okonjo-Iweala’s allegations.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala disclosed how the National Assembly, during the Goodluck Jonathan administration engaged in blackmail and arm twisting to pass budgets.

In her new book, 'Fighting Corruption is Dangerous:the Story Behind the Headlines', Iweala recollected how the executive arm of government was forced to part with N17bn in order for the lawmakers to pass the 2015 budget, The Nation reports.

The former minister said that at the time, crude oil prices in the international market had drastically reduced. She added that the N17bn was besides the National Assembly’s N150 billion annual ‘standard’ budget.

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