I re­jected Obasanjo’s N50m — Na’Al­lah

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The Deputy Senate Leader, Sen­a­tor Bala Ibn Na’Al­lah (APC, Kebbi South), yes­ter­day faulted re­marks by a for­mer pres­i­dent, Chief Oluse­gun Obasanjo, on the National As­sem­bly, saying he re­jected N50m from him.

Obasanjo had while re­act­ing to the al­le­ga­tions of bud­get pad­ding by the for­mer chairman of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Ap­pro­pri­a­tions, Ab­dul­mu­mini Jib­rin, said there were no men of hon­our in the National As­sem­bly.

“It is not a ques­tion of in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we should get men and women of in­tegrity in the place and the pres­i­dent should be very vig­i­lant. What­ever should not pass, should not pass.” Obasanjo said.

But in his re­ac­tion yes­ter­day, Na’Al­lah said he was not cor­rupt and de­scribed the for­mer pres­i­dent’s state­ment as “reck­less and ter­ri­fy­ing”.

“I am re­spect­fully tak­ing ex­cep­tion to the state­ment which I ex­press the hope is not true. To start with it is not in my char­ac­ter to join is­sues with el­der states­men who have had the priv­i­lege of su­per­in­tend­ing over the af­fairs of our great coun­try Nige­ria, “he said.

He added:”This ex­cep­tion has be­come nec­es­sary in view of the enor­mity of the al­leged state­ment to my per­son and in­tegrity. If for­mer pres­i­dent Obasanjo can come out with one proven record of cor­rup­tion against me as a per­son I prom­ise to va­cate my seat as a sen­a­tor.

“For the records, I was the only mem­ber from Kebbi State who did not find it wor­thy at that time of col­lect­ing N50 mil­lion as an in­duce­ment to sub­vert the con­sti­tu­tion and pro­vide a con­sti­tu­tional frame­work for the third term am­bi­tion of Obasanjo.

“I find this state­ment if it is true to be reck­less and ter­ri­fy­ing. The im­pli­ca­tion of the state­ment is to say that the en­tire over 170 mil­lion Nige­ri­ans have not elected a sin­gle per­son with in­tegrity among the 469 mem­bers of the national As­sem­bly. This is def­i­nitely rhap­sodic and does not con­form to com­mon­sense and rea­son.”

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