I rejected Obasanjo’s N50m — Na’Allah
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.”