Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmunin Jibrin, on Sunday, said the Speaker Yakubu Dogara is working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and was in the habit of appointing committee chairmen after dragging them to Senator Iyiola Omisore.
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In a letter to the All Progressive Congress, APC, the embattled lawmaker regretted supporting Dogara’s emergence as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, adding that few weeks after Dogara became Speaker they fell apart.
The letter partly reads: ‘’We practically disagreed on almost everything. From the appointment of Committee Chairmen, to splitting of Committees, to non disclosure of the finances of the house, to his greed of unifying everything under his control, commercializations of bills, divisive approach across ethnic and religious line, arrogance and power drunk, corruption and fraud during the budget period among many others.
‘’But who will I tell or run to having played such a leading role in bringing him on board. It was a painful,frustrating and depressing period for me. He operates alone, keep weird relationships with top politicians. His God father is Sen Iyola Omisore.
‘’Speaker Dogara is of the habit of taking standing Committee Chairmen to swear Oath of allegiance before Omisore. During the build up to the appointment of committee Chairmen. I had a terrible disagreement with him. I stayed far away from him. I was in london when he insisted he wants to see me.
‘’He came to my hotel room and we talked for hours. I gave him a lot of advice but I never knew it was getting in from one ears and out from the other. He was more interested in telling me about the forces who didn’t want me to be appointed Chairman appropriation as if I cared. He mentioned Former Speaker and present Governor of Sokoto state Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as one. That is how narrow minded Dogara can be.
‘’I have always maintained to him that being Chairman appropriation is not in any way a favour to me. I dashed him money, he thanked me and left. The following day, he pleaded to me to join him at a house in london. I went and I saw him seated very comfortably with Sen Omisore. It was there he said he was going to appoint me Chairman appropriation and I should be reporting to Omisore!
‘’I was completely shocked. A nice lunch was served, we eat and We left. At least there are CCTV in london. I confided in a highly placed person who I wouldn’t want to mention his name. He advised me to remain calm and consentrate on my job My refusal to comply with such questionable instructions largely accounted for the anger of Mr Speaker towards me.
‘’It was much later that I realized that Sen Omisore had adopted Speaker Dogara as a god son since their days as Chairman appropriation and house services in the 6th Assembly respectively.
‘’Studying Speaker Dogara in the last one year and many things I know that it may not be proper to mention here, he does not wish the APC well, he is a cheap pretender, he is not loyal to the party and he will provide a solid platform for a massive attack against our party in the nearer future. I know what I am talking about.’’