Budget scandal: I stand by my allegations, won’t apologise to Dogara – Jibrin

Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has insisted that he will never apologise to the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara over allegations of the padded 2016 budget.

In a series of tweets reacting to the Speaker’s statements issued, Jibrin wrote, “I will not and will never apologise to a shameless fraud in high office who has glaringly abused public trust like speaker Dogara and 3 others”.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara had in a statement gave Jibrin a seven-day ultimatum to tender an unreserved apology to him and retract all allegations made against him or face legal action.

The Kano Lawmaker representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency in the National assembly described the legal action threats by Speaker Dogara as “quite predicable”.

Jibrin wrote through his verified twitter account, “@AbdulAbmJ‪: “I know he will rush to court in order to invoke the house rules that matter in court cannot be heard on the floor.”

Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker who accused Dogara and 3 others of allocating projects worth N40bn to themselves in the 2016 budget continued, “I have responded to their allegations rather than respond to mine, he is rushing to court. I stand by my allegations and will not withdraw them”.

Mr Jibrin noted, “He failed to realize that the law is not intended to protect corrupt people. It is such a shame.”

The unperturbed Kano Lawmaker also announced that his lawyer’s have approached the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“ I am happy to announce that my lawyers have officially approached the EFCC and the ICPC towards working out a date for me to personally submit my petition against Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leo Ogor.

“I believe once a date is agreed with the anti- corruption agencies, we would have begun the process of making these characters pay for abusing their office”.

Jibrin, had demanded the immediate resignation of Dogara and the three other principal officers for allocating N40bn to themselves out of N100bn earmarked for the constituency projects of all lawmakers.