Former Chairman of Appropriation Committee in the House of Representatives, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin yesterday alleged that the Speaker of the House, Hon Yakubu Dogara was bribing some lawmakers with $25000 for a vote of confidence.
Jibrin said in a desperate attempt, the speaker had opened a register at his Asokoro guest house, located at Wilbeford Juta crescent for a vote of confidence signature.
He said the disgraceful act was coordinated by Hon Zakari Mohammed, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba and Deputy Chief of Staff to Mr Speaker, Hon CID Maduabum.
The former appropriation Chairman stressed that it was shameful that the speaker had not responded to any of the allegations raised against him, adding that instead he had resorted to look for fraudulent cover.
Jibrin was of the view that Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa and Ogor should listen to Nigerians and reconvene the House immediately and step aside.
He further hinted that investigation by anti graft agencies was already on and pledged to support the probe and prosecution of the accused lawmakers.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, House Committee on Basic Education, Hon Zakari Mohammed has denied the allegation linking him to the sharing of $25000 to some members.
He, therefore, challenged Jibrin to release any proof at his disposal to the public on the $25, 000 bribery allegations.
According to him, “I wish to state clearly that I did not collect any bribe sum from the speaker and I never shared $25,000 to any member of the House to seek support for the speaker.
“I have rich and ethical antecedents by heritage, upbringing, education and societal moulding. I have been living within my means, I have always discharged my duties without fear or favour and I have no cause to indulge in bribery.
“I challenge Jibrin to come to equity with clean hands. Let him release any proof at his disposal to the public on the $25, 000 bribery allegations.
“As far as I am concerned, Jibrin is obsessed by his latter day anti-corruption paranoid. The so-called bribe-for-vote of confidence exists in his imagination. Once a member does not buy into his destruct agenda, such a person must be brought down”.

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    The disgraced Hon. Abdulmumin has once again accused me of being involved in coordinating the distribution of $25,000 to various members in the House of Representatives Zonal Caucuses in order to support the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dogara Yakubu.

    2. It is true that he loves mentioning my name, but is he so unintelligent not to notice a pattern. Hon. Abonta disagrees with him on national television, he immediately adds his name in a petition to EFCC; Hon. Jagaba grants an interview against him, he adds his name in the charge sheet which he carries about. The Appropriations Committee members disown him, he immediately alleges inducement of $20,000; the whole House rises against him, then immediately everyone is given $25,000 USD each.

    3. Can he not see that no one needs to be induced when he is on a one man riot squad to denigrate all members of the House and pull down the institution of the National Assembly?

    4. Once again, let me re-state that the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Dogara Yakubu did not give me or anyone any money to give to any member of the House of Representatives. This charge, as usual, exists in the demented and diseased imagination of the drowning ABDULMUMIN who is desperately grasping at every straw in his deception, campaign of calumny, demagoguery and propaganda which he has unleashed on innocent public officers whose sole offence is that they fatally misjudged Hon. Abdulmumin’s instability of character and unsuitability to hold public office?

    5. Let me again remind Hon. Abdulmumin that Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is a God-fearing man, a charismatic leader, a progressive democrat, an incorruptible Nigerian, that cannot be dented by his tissue of lies, fables and penchant for fictional accusations and idiocy. What Abdulmumin is saying is that Billions of Naira is being shared to members to pursue an inconsequential fellow? What an absurdity from a celebrated con man and pathological liar?

    6. I wish to state that since this attack is on my personal integrity, I reserve the right to defend myself with all the arsenal at my disposal within the ambit of the law.

    Hon. C.I.D. Maduabum, LL.M
    Deputy Chief of Staff, Speaker (DCOS)