Budget padding: Gbajabiamila grilled by police, absolves self of complicity

By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos

The Majority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has been grilled by the police over allegations against the leadership of the house that it (leadership) was involved in budget padding.

This is coming just as Gbajabiamila restated that the decision to remove the immediate past Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumini Jubrin was collective arrived at by all the principal members of the House.

In a post on his social media page, www.facebook.com on Friday, the member representing Surulere I Federal Constituency however stated that his engagement with the police was done on his own volition and the need to clear his name of any form of complicity in the allegation.

While admitting that the leadership of the House had met to discuss the controversies, Gbajabiamila said that at the meeting, “I made it clear to my colleagues in the leadership that because somehow my name had been sullied in all of this and fake documents and publications had been put out there in traditional and social media which stated I was also involved in the so called padding of the budget.

“I would need to clear my name and that even though no petition was filed against me by Hon Jibrin and no invitation was extended to me by the police, I would be submitting myself on my own volition to the police for investigation.”

He added that “This is important to me as insinuations have been made from many quarters that I along with others were sponsoring Hon Jibrin. I have just this afternoon met with the police authorities for a proper and thorough investigation of my role if any in this whole bizzare episode.”

In the decision to remove Jubrin, he wrote that, “After a three week break. I called the Speaker a day before my return to urgently fix a Principal Officers meeting so we could address the several allegations made by Hon Jibrin.

“At the meeting Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun , Chief Whip, Hon Ado Dogwa and Minority Leader, Hon Leo Ogor passionately and vigorously clearly stated their innocence. The decision to relieve Hon Jibrin was indeed a collective decision of which I was a part of.”

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