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Heavy Tension in House of Reps over Plot to Sack Speaker Yakubu Dogara  

There is palpable tension in the House of Reps over alleged plot to sack Yakubu Dogara, embattled speaker of the House, over the budget padding allegations made by Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin.

It was gathered that many members were ruffled by the revelations, forcing a large number of them to rush from their vacation spots to meetings in Abuja where the alleged plot was discussed.

Findings showed that the Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, however, doused the tension among factions by urging members to have faith in the leadership of the House under Dogara for now.

The APC lawmaker from Lagos has kept sealed lips over the budget crisis since it started on July 21, 2016

Gbajabiamila had refused to speak openly in support of Jibrin or Dogara, and the three other principal officers whom Jibrin had accused of padding the 2016 Budget.

The others are the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

Gbajabiamila said he chose to break his silence because of a text message that gave the wrong signal.

On Jibrin’s budget padding allegations, Gbajabiamila noted that judgment could not be passed on any official based on allegations, until proper investigation is conducted.


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