A group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives, called the Transparency Group, has vowed to resist any attempt by supporters of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to pass a vote of confidence on him.
The House is reconvening today, Tuesday, after a lengthy recess that started on July 21.
The group held a meeting on Monday night, where they resolved to mobilise members against the Speaker, a member of the group, Mohammed Soba, told PREMIUM TIMES.
“We shall insist that the house leadership step aside and submit themselves for investigation,” Mr. Soba said.
“And we cannot allow any matter concerning the so called vote of confidence to be entertained,” he added.
Supporters of the Speaker are, however, also preparing to block any move against Mr. Dogara, who is accused of budget fraud.
Mr. Dogara’s backers are expected to give him a standing ovation at the end of his speech opening the new session.
Allegations of budget fraud and abuse of office, which became known as budget padding scandal, were leveled against Mr. Dogara and some other lawmakers by Abdulmumin Jibrin, who was removed as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee shortly before the House went on the recess.
Mr. Dogara denied the allegations.
In the wake of the allegations, some members formed the Transparency Group and called for the prosecution of the Speaker and other accused persons.
“It won’t happen”
However, a source in the leadership of the House said the agenda of Mr. Dogara’s opponents would not materialise.
“While they are planning (the vote of no confidence), others are planning to pass vote of confidence in the leadership of the House,” the source said.
“I want you to know that after the prayer, first thing tomorrow is the Speaker’s speech. In the speech, he will welcome everybody and address all the issues and the allegations. Then, his supporters will rise to give him standing ovation, which will be followed by a vote of confidence.
“So, I doubt if those planning vote of no confidence will still go ahead.”