Dogara tweets, says ‘I won’t reply Jibrin on budget padding claim’

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

Speaker of the Federal House Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has vowed not engage the former Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, in what he termed ‘political mudslinging.’

Reacting to a deluge of requests from Nigerians online who asked him to respond to allegations of high-level corruption made against by Jibrin and other principal officers, he tweeted that “I won’t respond to jokes. I’m not a mud wrestler.”

Jibrin, a member from Kano State was sacked as chairman of House Committee on Appropriation on Wednesday but in a lengthy statement on Thursday, he accused the speaker of attempting to insert questionable projects worth N40 billion into the 2016 budget.

The out of favour former chairman delivered a blistering attack on Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, and Minority Whip Leo Ogor, accusing them of treachery, incompetence and corruption.

He called on the four to resign their positions immediately, saying he “can no longer bear the brunt of abuses and baseless allegations keeping quiet all in the name of ‘confidentiality’” expected of him.

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