Dogara Records Major Victory, As Jibrin Makes U-Turn Over Budget Padding 

By Amako Nneji December 30, 2016 10:13

Dogara Records Major Victory, As Jibrin Makes U-Turn Over Budget Padding 

The 2016 budget padding allegation instituted against the leadership of the House of Representatives, may soon be swept under the carpet, as the suspended former Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has “secretly begged Speaker Yakubu Dogara”.

Recall, that Jibrin had on July 20, alleged that Dogara; his Deputy, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun; Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa; and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; made failed attempts to force him to insert projects worth about N40 billion, for them in the 2016 budget, among other allegations.

Jibrin was later suspended in September, for one year, and later fled the country in November, to the United Kingdom, UK, citing threats to his life.

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According to reports, Jibrin while in “exile” sent some Lawmakers, particularly from the North-east and North-west, to beg Dogara for settlement.

After his return, it was further gathered that Jibrin made efforts to settle with Dogara, through some Lawmakers and Elder Statesmen.

He allegedly visited a ranking member; a close Ally of Dogara, from Borno State, at the latter’s Maitama residence, in Abuja, and pleaded with him to also intervene.

As part of the moves, Jibrin posted a happy birthday message to the Speaker, on his Twitter handle, on Tuesday, which read: “This is to wish Mr Speaker a happy 49th birthday, and many prosperous years ahead. Wishing you God guidance and blessings.”

However, the Lawmaker had severally denied any attempt to either settle, or apologise to the House on the matter, saying he believed his allegations were justified.