Zakari Mohammed, chairman of the House of Representatives committee on education has reacted to the allegation by Abdulmumin Jibrin that he coordinated the sharing of $25,000 to lawmakers.
Jibrin had on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 named Mohammed as one of the coordinators of an alleged $25,000 bribery of some members of the House to pass a vote of confidence on Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Mohammed stated that the recent allegation was another attempt by the embattled lawmaker to drag him into the fight against the House leadership.
“I have just come across another satanic tweet today by the ousted chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdumumin Jibrin that I was coordinating the sharing of $25,000 to members of the House in return for a vote of confidence on Speaker Yakubu Dogara,” the lawmaker said.
“The latest twist was one of the series which Jibrin had indulged in for the past two weeks to drag me into his one-man vitriolic assault on the leadership of the House following his replacement by the Speaker.
“I wish to state clearly that I did not collect any bribe sum from the Speaker and I never shared $25,000 to any member of the House to seek support for the Speaker. I have rich and ethical antecedents by heritage, upbringing, education and societal moulding.
“I have been living within my means, I have always discharged my duties without fear or favour and I have no cause to indulge in bribery,” he added.
The lawmaker challenged Jibrin to come forward with proof of his alleged bribery adding that Jibrin’s attempt to malign him was because he opposed his chairing the appropriation committee.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has requested Jibrin not to make any comment on the alleged budget padding scandal.