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Budget Padding: Jibrin Must Be Punished – Chief Whip

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Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, on Monday said that former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, would definitely be punished.

According to PUNCH, speaking about the budget padding allegations currently rocking the house of representatives, Ado-Doguwa said, “His 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.

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“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, (in)which I believe he will lose out as well.”

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