- A caucus in support of embattled Speaker Yakubu Dogara believes that there is more to the allegations by Abdulmumin Jibrin against the leadership of the House
- They also wonder why Jibrin is coming out with the series of allegations after he was allegedly sacked as chairman of the appropriation committee
Supporters of Speaker Yakubu Dogara of the House of Representatives are seeing underlying influence in the recent allegations made by Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman of the House appropriation committee, against some principal officers.
The Gombe state caucus in the House on Thursday, July 28 accused external influence as responsible for the move to have Dogara removed.
Jibrin has continued to churn out allegations against the speaker accusing him of padding the budget and cornering another federal government project to his farm.
The Speaker, on his part, has denied the allegations and threatened to sue for libel.
The caucus told journalists that they would not be part of those trying to cause chaos in the House.
In a statement signed by Ali Isa, Aishatu Jibrin Dukku, Ustaz Yunusa Ahmad Abubakar, Binta Bello, Ismaila Muazu Hassan and Yaya Bauchi Tongo, they said: "Most definitely, the House has enjoyed considerable peace and stability under the able leadership of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, but it seems some persons, both within and outside the House, are bent on scuttling this atmosphere of peace engendered by our amiable Speaker.
"We of the Gombe state caucus of the House of Representatives wish to categorically and publicly declare that we are not part of any evil group trying to cause disaffection and instability in the House of Representatives, and we in like manner, dissociate ourselves from any conspiracy and attack against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the entire leadership of the House."
Daily Trust reports that the lawmakers think Jibrin and those pushing him are only on a wild goose chase.
They claimed that they were shocked that Jibrin only came out with this accusation just after the House had duly sacked him as appropriation committee chairman over the offence of unlawfully inflating the budget in his own favour.
According to them, all the lawmakers had complied with Jibrin's request that they should provide a list of projects they wanted executed in their constituencies. This was just after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the budget proposal to the National Assembly.
The said: "But we are now shocked and surprised that Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin is now using these same letters to blackmail the House as guilty of padding the Federal Budget! What a shame.
"The world, particularly Nigerians, must be told that the figures being reeled out by Hon Jibrin as his basis of blackmail against the leadership of the House were actually suggested by him.
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"As a matter of fact, the appropriation Committee under the leadership of Hon Jibrin initiated the allocation formula with which the constituency projects of honourable members were inserted into the 2016 budget.
"By reason of their leadership position, the appropriation committee conceded significant provisions to the principal officers of the House, but we are even shocked that Hon Jibrin who is not a principal officer allocated provisions to his constituency far beyond what the principal officers he is accusing got.
"So what is Hon Jibrin’s point in this shameless dance of absurdity?"