The budget padding allegations against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and three other principal officers of the House, has received the attention of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.
The committee has invited the former the former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, to appear before it.
The committee also directed Jibrin to submit a detailed petition on his ‘budget padding’ allegations against Dogara, and the three other principal officers.
It would be recalled that Jibrin, who was sacked as the chairman of the Appropriations Committee by Dogara over alleged abuse of office, has variously accused the speaker, his deputy, Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, of padding the 2016 budget to the tune of N40bn.
He also accused Dogara of fraudulent practices and influence peddling.
The committee, chaired by Prof. Itse Sagay, in a letter addressed to Jibrin by the Executive Secretary of the committee, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, asked Jibrin to visit its office on August 31 to make the submission.
The letter read in part: “This is to acknowledge the receipt of your petition and request to meet with the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.
“You are hereby invited to meet with the Committee. Date, Wednesday 31st, August.”
Reacting to the invitation, the Kano State born lawmaker said the invitation is “another victory” for the anti-corruption crusade he launched against the principal officers soon after he was sacked on July 20 for “abusing” the 2016 budget.
He said: “In another victory for my journey to ensure that justice is served on Speaker Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor and nine other members, I have received official invitation from Prof. Itse Sagay SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption to make a comprehensive presentation to the committee on the allegations I raised against Mr. Speaker and others and discuss strategies on how to achieve results.”
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews…
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