By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara, has given a seven day ultimatum to the former Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin to retract his comments against him comments against him or face legal action.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media & Public AffairsÂ to the Speaker, Mr. Turaki Hassan,Â stated that the demand was contained inÂ a letter written and addressed to Jibrin by counsel to Dogara, Professor Joash Ojo Amupitan (SAN) & Co.
The statement quoted copiously from an earlier statement made by Jubrin against Dogara, his deputy, Sulaman Olasunkanmi, the Whip, Hon Doguwa and Minority leader Ogor.
Jubrin accused them of collectively promoting corruption in the House â€œThat if President Muhammadu Buhari with his disdain for corruption and corrupt people have the slightest idea, he will ban the QUARTET permanently from the Villa before they eventually allow for proper and unbiased investigation by the House.
Reacting, Amupitan on behalf of his client wrote that â€œThe personal references are obviously directed at our client, and amount to a very serious libel.
â€œBy the said publication and without putting to the public any shred of evidence, our client is portrayed as a criminal, corrupt, dishonest, fraudulent, dishonourable and unfit to hold the position of Speaker of House of Representatives.
â€œOur clientâ€™s reputation has further been brought down in the estimation of right thinking members of the society and he has been thrown into public opprobrium, odium, scorn and ridicule.
â€œConsequently, we consider your publication on the matter as not only libelous but made in bad faith; an act of vendetta owing to your recent removal as the Chairman of House Committee on Appropriation.
â€œThe said publication is also aimed at causing disaffection between Nigerians and members of the House of Representatives.
â€œSequel to the above, we have to request you to submit immediately to us a clear and unqualified apology and retraction of the publication in an equally conspicuous position in all the print and electronic media where the publication appeared.â€