Former Chairman, Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives, Abdumumin Jibrin, in a letter addressed to the Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, has disclosed who Speaker Dogara’s godfather is and also exposed more ‘secrets’. Jibrin apologised to their party chairman and members of APC for being instrumental to Doraga’s victory at the House.
In the letter, he however noted that his relationship with Dogara began to suffer when he started getting reports of the Speaker’s alleged “corrupt practises.”
“We practically disagreed on almost everything.
“During the build up to the appointment of committee chairmen, I had a terrible disagreement with him. I stayed far away from him.
“Who will I tell or run to having played such a leading role in bringing him on board? He operates alone, keep weird relationships with top politicians.
“I was in London when he insisted that he wanted to see me. He came to my hotel room and we talked for hours. I gave him a lot of advice, but I never knew it was getting in from one ears and out from the other,” Jibrin said.
“The role I played, to the best of my conscience at then, sir, was patriotic. I analysed the two candidates (Dogara and Femi Gbajabiamila, who is not the Majority Leader of the House) and felt Speaker Dogara had a better temperament to make a good Speaker.
“It was a narrow line of thinking, an error of judgement. It took only few weeks after the election for me to realise the … inside the skin of Speaker Dogara. That was when I started getting reports of his … practices for many years in the House undetected. I fell apart will Speaker Dogara instantly. Contrary to public belief, we have never been close since few weeks after he emerged Speaker.1
“We practically disagreed on almost everything. From the appointment of committee chairmen, to splitting of committees, to nondisclosure of the finances of the House, to his greed of unifying everything under his control, commercialisation of bills, divisive approach across ethnic and religious line, arrogance and power drunk, during the budget period among many others. But who will I tell or run to having played such a leading role in bringing him on board.”
“I wish to state that I deeply regret the role I played in the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as Speaker. I seek the understanding and forgiveness from you, our leaders and every member of the APC family that was hurt by my action. Thank God Almighty, I am young and energetic. I will be 40 on September 9th. I promise that moving forward, I will dedicate and completely commit myself to achieving the goals set out by the party. This case should serve as a lesson for everyone in the future,” Jibrin said.