The issue of budget padding has been on our neck as a Nation for long and only God knows when we will get over it. Earlier today, Bluenews reported the rowdy session just as it was occurring at the House of Representative, and promised to get more details as it unfolds. Reports reaching our news desk has it that the house members are actually accusing themselves over the budget padding issue.
It all began when Hon. Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa, the chairman rules and business suggested in his motion moved in a noisy atmosphere of the house, that the allegation of budget padding should be investigated by the Ethics Committee.
The noisy atmosphere was caused by an accusation made by another member of the house Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin former chairman of the committee on appropriations against all members of the house of representative including the speaker Yakubu Dogara, stating that they are all responsible for the budget padding.
This obviously warranted another motion by a lawmaker seeking the investigation of Jibrin, for allegedly mounting corruption allegation on the entire House and the Speaker.
The lawmakers were said to be chanting “Dogara, Dogara” which contributed to the noisy atmosphere on the floor of the national assembly.
Meanwhile, the motion moved by Hon. Yisa was not seconded by anyone, which was against the rule of the house; of course who wants to second a motion that seeks to investigate him over alleged budget padding. This was the observation of Hon. Madaki, who earlier couldn’t get his point understood by the house because when he was given the chance to speak, the rowdy session was in its climax. He therefore waited for normalcy to return to the house and then he reminded Dogara of the call for his resignation based on the allegations leveled against him by Hon. Jibrin.
Responding to this reminder, Dogara said “We all know who seconded the motion. The allegations were against the house; If I must resign, I will wait for you to tender in your resignation first.”
This response aroused yet another rowdy session with all members of the house rushing towards Hon. Madaki with plane shits of papers for him to pen down his resignation; seems like a play house to me. As this went on, other members of the house continued hailing the speaker, like we did in high school when two people fight.
Announcing the motions of the House members again, Speaker Dogara said that the House had agreed to refer the above matter and Hon. Jibrin to the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges for proper investigations, and they are expected to submit their findings to the House within one week and make appropriate recommendations.