*Return Ibori’s money to him now
By Sandra Onyekwere
Suspended House of Representatives member, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has alleged that Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, collected $600,000 from former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.
Jibrin made these claims via series of tweets on Saturday.
He wrote: “As we enter the New year, let’s not forget 163 days after, Dogara is yet to respond to the mountain of allegations. It is such a shame that Speaker Dogara denied the fact that former Gov James Ibori provided huge support to his emergence as Speaker.
“Since he has disowned Ibori, he should at least have the honour to return the $600,000 Ibori donated to his speakership campaign.”
Jibrin’s allegation is coming few days after Dogara denied having any relationship with Ibori.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, did say some days ago that he does not have a close relationship with former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
Dogara was reacting to Senator Peter Nwabaoshi’s claims that Ibori influenced his emergence. He insisted he was duly elected by members of the lower legislative chamber.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to Senator Peter Nwabaoshi, who was quoted as saying that former Delta State governor, James Ibori, supported the emergence of Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Representatives,” his statement released on Friday read.
“We have watched the video clip and noticed that there is no where the distinguished Senator mentioned Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara by name.
“However, reports published in both online and print media insinuated that Senator Peter Nwabaoshi referred to Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
“For the records, we want to state that the Rt. Hon. Speaker was elected by the votes of members of the House of Representatives. There may well be silent supporters and well wishers of the honourable Speaker from far and near some of whom he may not be aware of.
“Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara does not have a relationship, political or otherwise with former Governor James Ibori of Delta state to warrant the insinuations in the statement credited to Senator Nwabaoshi, and had never had one”, he affirmed.
Ibori regained his freedom after serving out a 13-year jail term in the UK.