By Emman Ovuakporie & Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA—MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, yesterday, directed the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate an allegation that defected members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, were induced with a bribe of $1million to cross carpet to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This was sequel to a motion brought on the floor of the House by Rep Kingsley Chinda, PDP, Rivers under ‘matters of national importance’.
Chinda after the presiding officer, Aminu Tambuwal, had given him the floor, brandished a national daily where it was alleged that lawmakers who defected on Tuesday were given $1million each to dump APC.
He said,”the integrity of all lawmakers of this assembly before the electorate is at stake if the statement credited to the interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed is not investigated immediately. There is need to get to the root of the matter immediately by the Ethics and Privileges Committee and whoever is found guilty should be sanctioned. “
He stressed further that “this was how the Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura, last week alleged that the lawmakers in his state that defected to PDP were bribed with N50m each”.
Also, the Rivers lawmaker explained that “it will be shameful if this matter is not investigated immediately as it will adversely affect all the good things the seventh Assembly had done.”
Ruling on the issue, the speaker, Aminu Tambuwal mandated the Committee on Ethics and Privileges to probe into the matter and submit its findings within two weeks.
However Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Leo Ogor, said the money for defection allegation levelled against the defected lawmakers was “a complete nonsense as there was nothing like that.”