Hon. Abdulmumuni Jibrin, the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, yesterday, made more serious accusations against some senior members and leaders of the House of Representatives including Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila.
According to Jibrin, these senior lawmakers siphoned about N10billion and shared among themselves.
Mr. Jibrin, as part of the ongoing budget padding scandal in the House, made these worrisome revelations in his recent email to Premium Times Newspaper yesterday night.
Mr. Jibrin said that the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, received N1.5billion; the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, got N800million; Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, N1.2 billion; his deputy, Buba Jibril, N1.2 billion; House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, N1.2 billion; and his deputy, Pally Iriase, N700 million. Others also includes, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, N1.2 billion; Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N700 million; Deputy Minority Whip, Binta Bello, N700 million; and the Minority Whip, Chuma, who got N700 million.
“Most of these members use it to acquire properties, cars and live a life of luxury they never lived before coming to the House,” Mr. Jibrin said.
“It is only when the legislature comes with purity that effective oversight will be carried out and investigative hearing to expose fraud and corruption can be undertaken.” He added.
“The consequential effect of dealing with corruption in the House, especially the allowances issue, will take its toll on even elections. Candidates usually spend so much money hoping that they can recoup from the huge allowances they will receive when elected into House.
“When you know that there is no such money in the House to be shared, I am sure nobody will want to put in so much money just to win an election to the House.
“The resultant effect will be that only people who truly want to serve will vie for the office, and voters will be obliged to vote according to the dictate of their conscience. This is just one advantage,”
“I have said it repeatedly that this activism has been running in my blood, and thankfully the fallout of the 2016 budget became the trigger and provided me with the right avenue.”
“As we continue this struggle to wipe out corruption and restore sanity in the House of Representatives, I will continue to urge Nigerians to remain vigilant as these corrupt elements can go to any length to change the narration and evade justice.”