The House of Representatives Tuesday recalled Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, who it suspended in September, 2016. Jibrin, representing Kano, had accused House Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his Deputy, Yusuf Lasun; the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor and the Chief Whip Ado Doguwa of padding the budget for their own advantages. The House of Reps denied the allegations.
Before falling out with the speaker, Jibrin was chairman of the ‘powerful’ House Committee on Appropriation and was counter-accused of using his position to benefit himself.
Subsequently, Jibrin challenged his suspension in court. According to his lawyer Femi Falana, the House of Reps lacked the powers to suspend him for that number of days, which he said breached Section 68 of the 1999 Constitution. Falana urged the court to nullify the suspension.
Admits the ‘war’ between Jibrin and his colleagues, his party – the All Progressives Congress – moved to restrain him. The party, like the Federal Government, denounced the allegation of budget padding.
Lawal Shuaibu, the APC Deputy National Chairman (North) then said: “Arising from the series of meetings we held with you over the subject matter, the national working committee has decided to request you henceforth avoid issuing public statement on this matter.
“This, however, includes statements through social media or other means of transmitting an opinion on the matter to the public, as the party is now looking into it towards finding possible solution,” Shuaibu said.
However, Jibin defied the order and continued to vent his opinions against the speaker through the social media.