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Padding! House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila Surrenders To Police

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The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has announced his readiness to be investigated in lieu with ongoing padding scandal currently ravishing the green chambers.Abdulmumin Jibrin

Gbajabiamila who represents Surulere constituency in Lagos while disclosing that he has been away abroad expressed his readiness to be investigated  saying he has submitted himself to Police authorities in Abuja on returning to the country.

In a statement obtained by BlackBox Nigeria, the House Majority leader disclosed that he and the other principal officers collectively agreed to relieve whistleblower, Hon. Jibrin of his duties.

See his full statement below…

I returned from the United States just yesterday after a three week break.   I called the Speaker a day before my return to urgently fix a Principal Officers meeting so we could address the several allegations made by Hon Jibrin.  At the meeting Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun , Chief Whip, Hon Ado Dogwa and Minority Leader, Hon Leo Ogor passionately and vigorously clearly stated their innocence. A prepared text was read and we all agreed to sign. For me as the Leader of the House I felt it was important to give them the benefit of doubt which in any case is what our constitution says.  The decision to relieve Hon Jibrin was indeed a collective decision of which I was a part of.

However I gave a caveat before the press release was signed, I made it clear to my colleagues in the leadership that because somehow my name had been sullied in all of this and fake documents and publications had been put out there in traditional and social media which stated I was also involved in the so called padding of the budget, that I would need to clear my name and that even though no petition was filed against me by Hon Jibrin and no invitation was extended to me by the police, I would be submitting myself on my own volition to the police for investigation.  This is important to me as insinuations have been made from many quarters that I along with others were sponsoring Hon Jibrin. I have just this afternoon met with the police authorities for a proper and thorough investigation of my role if any in this whole bizzare episode.

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