The budgeting crisis rocking the House of Representatives yesterday took another dimension as sacked Hon. Abdumumuni Jibrin insisted that only the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, were involved in the padding of the 2016 Budget.
Jibrin in a statement yesterday unfolded more revelations on how the budget was padded by the quartet.
He explained that contrary to the position of the Speaker and others, the entire House was not involved in the budget padding, but only the quartet.
He said: “I am compelled again for the purpose of emphasis to state categorically clear that my allegations are against the quartet of Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, House Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor not the Honourable House as an institution nor other members of the body of principal officers. The other members of the body of principal officers were to the best of my knowledge completely excluded from decisions on the 2016 budget and the budget inputs inserted on their names were exclusively carried out by these quartet.
“I have to state this very clearly because these QUARTET have resorted to desperate moves to drag the entire House of Representatives into the case of gross abuse of office I have leveled against them as individual Presiding and Principal officers of the House. This is clearly a mischievous move to set me on collision with the entire house.”
Explaining how the budget was padded, Jibrin said, “during the budget period, when they discovered that I was not the kind of a person they could use to perpetrate their illegality, Mr Speaker and the 3 other principal officers took away the entire Appropriation committee secretariat to a secret location where all sort of insertions were made into the budget.