Senator Bala Na’Allah, the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, on Tuesday, said that he rejected Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s N50 million bribe for third term bid.
Na’Allah’s comment came as Obasanjo on Monday described Members of the National Assembly as corrupt.
“They are thieves. I have always held the view that they are thieves, can you all see it now?” Obasanjo said in a telephone interview with punch on Monday shortly after he visited President Buhari at the State House Abuja.
However, Na’Allah in response to the Ex-President said he is not corrupt, he noted that he has integrity.
“I am not corrupt and I have integrity,” he stated.
He noted that the same Obasanjo who bribed lawmakers in the legislature to back his ambition to run for third term is now calling lawmakers thieves and corrupt.
“My attention has been drawn to a purported statement attributed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in which it was alleged that he made a sweeping statement to the effect that there are no men of integrity in the National Assembly. He said
“I am respectfully taking exception to the statement, which I express the hope that it is not true. To start with, it is not in my character to take issues with elder statesmen, who have had the privilege of superintending the affairs of our great country, Nigeria.
“If former President Obasanjo can come out with one proven record of corruption against me as a person, I promise to vacate my seat as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. For the records, I was the only member from Kebbi State, who did not find it worthy at that time to collect the sum of N50m as an inducement to subvert the constitution and provide a constitutional framework for the third term ambition of (then) President Obasanjo.
“I find this statement, if it is true, to be reckless and terrifying. The implication of the statement is to say that the entire over 170 million Nigerians have not elected a single person with integrity among the 469 members of the National Assembly. This is definitely rhapsodic and does not conform to common sense and reason.”