Budget padding: I did not share $25,000 to Reps – Mohammed

The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education, Hon. Zakari Mohammed, has denied allegations by former chairman of the committee on appropriation, Hon.Abdulmumin Jibrin, that he coordinated the sharing of $25,000 to members of the House to get them to pass a vote of confidence on Speaker, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara.

Hon. Jibrin, had, yesterday, named Hon. Zakari Mohammed as one of the coordinators of an alleged $25,000 bribery of some members of the House to pass a vote of confidence on Speaker Dogara.

Hon. Mohammed who took to his Twitter handle yesterday, stated that the recent allegation is another attempt by the embattled lawmaker to drag him into his fight against the leadership of the House.

Zakari said, “I have just come across another satanic tweet today by the ousted chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdumumin Jibrin that I was coordinating the sharing of $25,000 to members of the House in return for a vote of confidence on Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

“The latest twist was one of the series which Jibrin had indulged in for the past two weeks to drag me into his one-man vitriolic assault on the leadership of the House following his replacement by the Speaker.

“I wish to state clearly that I did not collect any bribe sum from the Speaker and I never shared $25,000 to any member of the House to seek support for the Speaker. I have rich and ethical antecedents by heritage, upbringing, education and societal moulding. I have been living within my means, I have always discharged my duties without fear or favour and I have no cause to indulge in bribery.”

The chairman, Basic education committee challenged Hon. Jibrin to come forward with proof of his alleged bribery adding that Jibrin’s attempt to malign him was because he opposed his chairing the appropriation committee.