Budget Padding: Court to Hear Culprits Feb. 20
A Federal High Court in Kano on Wednesday fixed Feb. 20, for hearing in the case against the Clerk and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over the suspension of Abdulmumini Jibrin.
Some constituents of Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency sued the Clerk and Speaker Yakubu Dogara, challenging the legality of suspending their member, Jibrin.
The counsel for the plaintiff, Mr Bashir Muqaddam had earlier applied for a date to enable him respond to the issues raised in the preliminary objection filed by the defence counsel.
According to him, the defence counsel wanted the consolidation of the two suits – the one filed by the constituency in Kano and the other filed by Jibrin in Abuja.
Counsel for the defence, Mr Kalu Onuha said he had no objection to the application for adjournment.
The presiding Judge, Justice Sulaiman Akoko, said in the absence of objection to the application for adjournment, the case would come up again for hearing on Feb. 20.
Muqaddam, the counsel to the plaintiffs, told newsmen after the sitting that “when the case resumes on Feb. 20, we are going to argue on the issue of consolidation as raised by the defence counsel.”
Security was tight as hundreds of protesters thronged the court with placards shouting ‘bring back our member and compensate him’.
Recall that Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin was on September 28, 2016, suspended for 180 legislative days.
His suspension followed the adoption of the recommendations of the Nicholas Ossai-led Ethics and Privileges Committee.
The report of the committee was adopted on Wednesday after it was thoroughly debated on the floor.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara did not preside on the matter because he was one of those alleged by Jubrin for padding the 2016 budget.
The four recommendations were adopted at the Committee of the Whole House presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun.
Jibrin had alleged that Dogara, Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa, Minority leader Leo Ogor and nine committee chairmen illegally inserted fictitious projects into the 2016 Budget.
Jibrin was accused of bringing the House into disrepute with his utterances and action over the scandal.
Recall that the budget had been a subject of controversy with Executive accusing the National Assembly of tinkering with the original document submitted by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Initially both arms of the Assembly denied the allegation after rejecting the approved appropriation bill.
He represented the bill to the National Assembly and in the process of cross checking, it was discovered that some items were removed.
The House of Representatives committee was found to have built in constituency projects and alter some main projects of the executive.
In the process of investigation, Jibrin was found to be the arrow head of the fraud, but he roped in Dogara as a culprit and went ahead to rubbish the Speaker with more allegations.
Report by NAN
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Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, informed the press on Monday in Abuja, that President Buhari will be accompanied by his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former president of Ghana, John Dramani; the leaders will explore all options including the use of force where possible to impress on Jammeh the consequences of his imposition. Read More »
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Sen Dariye leads mass exodus of PDP to APC…party promises better time ahead for people of the state
Yakubu Busari,Jos .
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is fast losing grip in Plateau State as thousands of its members decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC in what looks like an exodus.
The political mass departure took place on Wednesday, at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos.
Senator Representing Plateau Central in National Assembly Sen. Joshua Chibi Dariye, Deputy Speaker of the Plateau state house of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Engr. Jimmy Chetto and Hon. Danladi Atu, were among thousands of citizens of the state who formally denounced the PDP to decamp to the All Progressive Congress.
At the event, Senator Dariye lead decampees from the central zones, while former Deputy Governor of Plateau state under the second tenure of Governor Jonah Jang, Ambassador Ignatius Long Jang and Arch. Pam Dung Gyang lead decampees from the Southern zone and northern zones respectively.
Similarly, the Deputy Speaker of the Plateau state house of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Engr. Jimmy Chetto and Hon. Danladi Atu, lead the Decampees from Kanam, Langtang south and Jos North local governments in that order.
Speaking at the event the state party chairman, Hon. Letep Dabang said the decampees have fulfilled the constitutional requirements of the APC, by identifying with their constituents from wards, local governments and the state.
He described the event as very symbolic considering the pedigree of the decampees involved and those how have come from Abuja, led by the National Chairman of the party, His Excellency, Dr. John Odigie Oyegun, and the Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Yakubu Doggara to receive the decampees.
The National Vice chairman of the APC in the North central zone, Alh. Zakari Iddi, expressed joy over the bold steps taken by the personalities and their followers to accept to be baptised, to become full members of the APC.
He pledged that by this time next year, the people of Nigeria will have time to smile because everything he does is for the betterment of common man in the country.
Oyegun who expressed gratitude for being invited to witness the massive departure said, together, they will join hands in fighting the difficulties plaguing the country; he assured that APC is working hard to revamp the economy back through agriculture.
Oyegun explained further when he searched on who could deliver the Ondo State elections, he had to make the important decision of choosing the trustworthy friend he found in governor Simon Lalong.
He commended Lalong for conducting a hitch free election that produced another APC governor.
He predicts that with the APC, the country would develop to become like China and Japan.
“By this time next year the people will have time to smile”, he assured.