Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, Chief Whip of the House of Representative, on Monday said that Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin would not escape punishment for “bringing the image of the legislature into disrepute.”
Former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Jibrin had accused the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, and three other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget.
Ado-Doguwa, who called Jibrin a “coward” 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 House Power and Privileges Act.
“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 our as well.”
The chief whip however threatened to sue Jibrin in his personal capacity after the House would have taken a position on him.
Jibrin in a statement said: “I heard on good authority that a close associate of Dogara, who is the Chief Executive of a well-known Federal Government agency, has been approaching members with offer of money to support the Speaker.”
He also wrote the President Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption on Monday “requesting an appointment to make a detailed presentation on all the allegations that constitute Dogara-gate”, added that in the coming days, he would comprehensively brief the diplomatic community as well.
“I have commenced briefing the diplomatic community and will in the next few days provide a comprehensive briefing to the British High Commission and the American, French and German embassies.
“The utterances of Speaker Dogara in the last few days, like his public pronouncement that padding is not an offence, have clearly confirmed my innocence.
“I have, therefore, petitioned the Public Complaints Commission and the National Human Rights Commission to enforce and protect my fundamental human rights,” he said.