Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The sacked Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, has said he is proud of his role in ensuring that Minority Leader, Hon. Leo Ogor, did not emerge as the Deputy Speaker of the House, during the tussle for the leadership of the green chamber in June 2015.
In a statement yesterday, Abdulmumin said Ogor has not forgiven him for the role he played in stopping his ambition.
Ogor is one of the four principal officers accused by Abdulmumin of corruption and abuse of office. Others are the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun, and Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, whom he accused of making senseless insertions into the 2016 budget.
“Ogor will never forgive me for the selfless and onerous role I played at ensuring he did not emerged Deputy Speaker! That would have amounted to bringing up one of the longest serving mafia in the House as a presiding Officer. It is a role I played and remained very proud of,” Abdulmumini said.
Attempts to reach the Minority Leader were unsuccessful as his mobile number was unavailable.
Abdulmumin in another statement again outlined allegations against the principal officers, and nine chairmen of standing committees.
He has however refused to address allegations that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is investigating several petitions against him including a N413 million contract fraud for the National Commission of Refugees.
The EFCC has also allegedly resuscitated a money laundering charge against Abdulmumin, and his firm, Green Forest Investment Ltd.
He was charged alongside a former Governor of Nassarawa State, Mr. Aliyu Akwe Doma, and seven others inconnection to the charges of laundering stolen state funds totalling over N15 billion in October 2011.
In December 2012, the EFCC removed his name from its amended charges.