Despite the rowdy session the greeted the House of Representatives at Wednesday’s plenary, former Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin, who is being accused of going against rules of the House rules by his revelation on Budget padding, has been referred to the Ethics and Privileges Committee for investigation.
Recall Jibrin has been at loggerhead with leadership of the House, accusing them of budget padding.
In several fora since he was removed as Appropriation Committee Chairman, in July shortly before the House went on recess, he accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Deputy House Leader, Buba Jibrin, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, among others, of being involved in padding the 2016 budget to the sum of several billions of Naira.
Since then he has not ceased calling for the probe of the matter. Despite his party, the All Progressives Congress asking him to Cease fire, he has continued to indict and call for the removal of the leadership of the House over the issue.
Trouble was said to have started in the House on Wednesday when the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Emmanuel Orker-jev, moved a motion on breach of his privilege and that of the House by the embattled former Chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
Moving the point of order, Oker-Jev called for the suspension of Jibrin, describing his allegations as “sundry act of misconduct’’ against the members and institution of the House of Representatives.
According to him, Jibrin embarked on campaign of calumny and denigration by making publications in the media and internet against the entire membership of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly as an institution.
He said, “Jibrin’s comments were contemptuous of the House of Representatives and a breach of collective privileges of the members of the House.”
However, efforts to oppose the point of order by Rep. Ali Madaki (APC-Kano) failed.
Madaki said that it would be an honourable thing for the accused persons to resign in order to allow for proper investigation into the matter.
Reacting, Dogara said that since all the members of the House were accused, Madaki should be the first to resign.
Meanwhile, members of the Transparency Group, erupted into a chorus of “No, no, no.”
In response, members loyal to the Speaker started shouting “Dogara, Dogara”
The pro-Dogara Reps, followed it up by distributing green scarves with the inscription “I stand with Dogara.”
However, when normalcy returned the matter was referred to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges and if Jibrin is found guilty after the one week investigation he may be placed on six months suspension.