A former chairman of House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Tuesday said he will appear before his party’s disciplinary panel after being summoned on Monday over the unfolding budget padding scandal.
Mr. Jibrin was summoned by the ruling All Progressives Congress to appear at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
The lawmaker, who represents Kano in the House, has been locked in media and political battle with the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and other lawmakers he accuses of manipulating the 2016 budget.
In the letter, which was exclusively obtained and published by PREMIUM TIMES Monday night, the APC said the writ became necessary after Mr. Jibrin frustrated all efforts to reach him by telephone or text messages.
The letter was signed Lawal Shuaibu, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, North, and it appeared a clear warning to Mr. Jibrin that the APC would not tolerate indiscipline within its ranks.
In an emailed statement to PREMIUM TIMES Tuesday morning, Mr. Jibrin acknowledged receipt of the letter and said he would honour the summons.
He, however, denied that he deliberately ignored party leaders’ attempts to reach him.
Mr. Jibrin also denied that the party’s committee was of a disciplinary nature.
“The letter did not in anyway indicate it is a disciplinary committee,” Mr. Jibrin said.
For two weeks running, Mr. Jibrin has placed the House on the defensive after he was removed as chair of the Appropriation Committee on allegations of betrayal of trust, a charge he had repeatedly declined.
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