Ibori sponsored Dogara’s election with $600,000 – Jibrin

Ibori sponsored Dogara’s election with $600,000 – Jibrin
January 01 06:13 2017

Controversial lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has again accused the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, of collecting $600,000 from former Delta state governor who was recently freed from a London prison, James Ibori.

The immediate past Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, alleged in a statement on Saturday that Ibori donated the money to Dogara’s campaign from prison in 2015 to support his bid to become the Speaker.

Jibrin who was suspended from the House over his budget padding allegations,  said his recent silence was informed by the need to re-strategize ahead of the new year.

The statement read in part, “The propaganda and lies spread around lately by the axis of evil in the House of Representatives to water down my popularity shows how desperate Dogara has become. It is such a shame that Dogara denied that former governor James Ibori provided huge support to his emergence as speaker by mobilising members from Delta State and others from the South-South and South-East zones to support him.

“Since he has disowned Ibori, he should at least have the honour to return the $600,000 Ibori donated to his speakership campaign. I am sure he cannot deny the fact that he collected that money in cash,” he said.

Jibrin gained popularity when he blew the whistle on the allegedly fraudulent insertion of projects worth several billions of naira into the 2016 budget by Dogara and other principal officers.

The allegations led to a serious face-off between the duo which eventually led to Jibrin’s suspension for one legislative year.