House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara is battling to fend off allegations that he blew N66 million on chartered aircraft.
His aides and associates said about N3.9 million was spent on an 80-minute return trip from Abuja to Delta State, but they insisted that the money was Dogara’s and not the National Assembly’s.
The Speaker last week chartered an aircraft to attend the inauguration of a church.
It was learnt that the Speaker decided not to use any aircraft in the presidential fleet because the trip was “private”.
A few days after the trip, some House members are claiming that such “a tasty lifestyle” is not in line with Dogara’s “Legislative Agenda”.
Although House members are on holiday, the matter is being circulated among them, but a pro-Dogara source described the insinuations as “politically motivated” because of the intrigues in the House.
Some lawmakers queried the sources of funding such trips since the movement of the Speaker is bankrolled by the National Assembly.
A member of the House, who spoke in confidence, said that “The chartered aircraft palaver is being circulated among House members because of the alleged N66 million cost. We do not know whether the amount was real or imaginary. But it remains in the realm of allegation.
“The challenge is that he who comes to equity must do so with clean hands. With the robust Legislative Agenda put in place by Dogara, this is no time for such a luxury. The same House of Representatives joined issues with the immediate past Minister of Petroleum Resources on the charter of a Bombardier aircraft.
“Dogara needs to explain to members what really transpired. No APC member is expected to indulge in this type of luxury because the party came into office with an austere agenda.”
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Source:: New Mail