The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has described Abdulmumin Jibrin as a coward who must be punished for battering the House image.
He said this on Monday, insisting that the former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr Jibrin’s pronouncements were “misrepresentation of facts” to destroy the House and avenge his removal as a committee chairman.
He insisted that Jibrin must not escape sanction for “bringing the image of the legislature into disrepute.”
According to him, “His (Jibrin’s) rushing to court is sheer cowardice and an act of escapism. Jibrin’s legal strategy is to deploy a judicial instrument to protect himself against possible sanctions from the House over his baseless and fictitious allegations to defame and destroy our integrity in the eyes of the Nigerian public.
“He has also succeeded in subjecting the National Assembly to disrepute and institutional damage, which apparently contravened our internal standing rules and specifically, sections 24 and 33 of the Legislatives Houses Powers and Privileges Act.
“These clear violations of our internal code of legislative conduct must attract legislative sanctions against Jibrin. Nigerians should know that the statements and pronouncements made by Jibrin were mere misrepresentation of facts.
“Having realised that he is already consumed, he is now resorting to the court options, which I believe he will lose out as well,” he said.
Ado-Doguwa then threatened to sue Jibrin in his personal capacity as soon as the House is done with what sanction should be given to him.
Jibrin had accused the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Mr. Lasun Yusuf, Chief Whip Ado-Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor of padding the 2016 budget and requested for their resignation to enable unhindered investigation into the allegations by anti-graft agencies.
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