Emerging facts indicate that the embattled Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, is contemplating tendering his resignation letter this week, in order to clear his name, amidst criminal investigations into the unfolding budget padding scandal, Post-Nigeria learnt.
“As I speak to you now, the pressure is on Dogara, he can’t stand the heat. The call for his resignation is increasing. He will soon tender his letter of resignation. It is just a matter of days,” a highly placed source told Post-Nigeria on Sunday night.
Recall, that Dogara, his Deputy, Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, are facing criticism for allegedly padding the 2016 Appropriation Bill, with a whooping sum of N40 billion, earmarked for themselves.
Details and documents relating to the alleged fraud, were thrown into the public space by House Member, Abdulmumin Jibrin, a Lawmaker from Kano State, who was sacked as Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, amidst disputed circumstances on allegations that he committed a serial betrayal of trust against the House leadership and members.
Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as well as the Department of State Security Service, DSS, had on Friday, July 29, reportedly commenced broad investigation into the scandal.
On Sunday, July 31, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, had written Dogara, and three other principal officers of the House, to immediately step aside, pending the investigation into the allegations by the EFCC.
The letter, dated July 29, 2016, and signed by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, SERAP, also implored Dogara, to ensure that other officers named in the scandal, “step aside from their positions, to allow for the investigation by the EFCC and other agencies to go ahead unhindered.”
The group further stated, that it had carefully reviewed the documents dumped in the public domain by Jibrin, and concluded that a strong case had been established against the top Lawmakers, that warranted law enforcement agencies investigation.
“SERAP, has also reviewed several documents circulating on the internet on the alleged budget padding, and we believe that these documents establish a prima facie case of corruption, which deserves a thorough, transparent, independent and effective investigation by the EFCC and other agencies.”
The group therefore, reiterated its position that Dogara, and others named in the scandal, must stand aside, because “the House of Representatives cannot function effectively, nor enjoy public trust and confidence, as long as the allegations of budget padding continue to trail its leadership.”