THE House of Representatives on Thursday, September 28, disclosed that Abdulmumin Jibrin, its suspended member, was yet to fulfil the major condition set for him before he could return to the House.
The House had on September 28, last year, suspended Jibrin for 181 legislative days. The House also set a condition that the suspended lawmaker must apologise for “embarrassing” his colleagues in the media.
But one year after, according to Abdulrazak Namdas, spokesman of the House, Jibrin is yet to apologise.
Namdas who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, September 28, when asked if Jibrin’s suspension period was over, said: “I talked with the chairman of the ethics and privileges committee, and he said the period is not yet over.
“Besides, when we passed the resolution, we said he (Jibrin) should apologize before the expiration of his suspension period, but he is yet to do that. If he does that, it’ll be known by everybody because it’ll be public,” he said.
The lawmaker could not give the exact date for Jibrin’s resumption.
But Jibrin, in a reaction through Godwin Onyeacholem, his media aide, said he viewed Namdas’ comments as “insensitive and insult” to the people of his Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, which he represents.
He said: “I wish to state that Jibrin’s position on this issue remains, as always, immutable. He has maintained that denying his constituents representation for one good year is unconstitutional and negates all known democratic principles, just as asking him to apologize for doing no wrong is a negation of all known social norms.
“It is somewhat weird that the official spokesman of the House claims that he does not know the exact date that Jibrin’s purported suspension would lapse. That in itself speaks volume of the subterfuge and sinister motives around the whole issue.”
– Sept. 29, 2017 @ 17:09 GMT |