The former chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations says the speaker begged the northern caucus over his alleged role in 2016 budget padding.
Speaking with journalists in the federal capital territory, Abuja on Tuesday, former chairman house of representatives committee on appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, said the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, begged the north east caucus of the lower chamber for forgiveness over his alleged role in padding the 2016 budget, adding that the budget was marred with so many frauds that he did not know of.
“When a grievous allegation in this nature is raised, there are laid-down rules to investigate such issue; it should not be investigated internally.
“The speaker should step down for proper investigation. Nobody is hunting him, but he should step down for a committee to do its work and investigate the issue.
“The speaker begged us that we should forgive him. He also begged for the principal officers. He said that the House should forget what happened in the 2016 budget. But Hon. Sani Zoro told the speaker that the house will forgive him, but we have to accompany him to beg Nigerians.
“When he was begging, you could see the desperation on his face that he does not want to leave the seat. He loves the position of speaker so much.
“My question to him is; did he connive with the principal officers to steal the N40 billion? There are so many frauds in the budget that I did not even know until now. The speaker took four projects to his farm, including a fielder road,” he said, adding that he did not care if he was suspended, as he knew the risk he was taking.