The House of Representatives Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa has said that the former chairman of the committee on appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, must be punished for embarrassing lawmakers.
Doguwa said Jibrin’s allegations were a misrepresentation of the facts, adding that the former committee chairman also violated the House rules.
The Chief Whip also said Jibrin is trying to get back at the House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, for removing him as the chairman of the appropriation committee.
He also threatened to sue the former appropriation committee chairman, after the House takes its action.
Doguwa also said “His rushing to court is sheer cowardice and an act of escapism. Jibrin’s legal strategy is to deploy a judicial instrument to protect himself against possible sanctions from the House over his baseless and fictitious allegations to defame and destroy our integrity in the eyes of the Nigerian public.
“He has also succeeded in subjecting the National Assembly to disrepute and institutional damage, which apparently contravened our internal standing rules and specifically, sections 24 and 33 of the Legislatives Houses Powers and Privileges Act.
“These clear violations of our internal code of legislative conduct must attract legislative sanctions against Jibrin.
“Nigerians should know that the statements and pronouncements made by Jibrin were mere misrepresentation of facts.
“Having realised that he is already consumed, he is now resorting to the court options, (in)which I believe he will lose out as well.”
Jibrin had accused Dogara of inserting huge amounts to the 2016 budget.
He also apologised to the All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders for helping Dogara emerge as Speaker of the House of Representatives.