June 19, 2009

N310m scam: Akogun, Ihedioha ‘ll give account — Reps

By Luka Binniyat & Tordue Salem

ABUJA— The Majority  Leader of the House of Representatives, Tunde Akogun and the Chief Whip, Emeka Ihedioha are to give a detailed account of how they expended N310million for a just-concluded House retreat and the ten-year anniversary celebration of “Uninterrupted Democracy in Nigeria”.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Rep. Eseme Eyiboh at a briefing yesterday, said the Nigerian public should wait till next week when Akogun and Ihedioha would be made by the House, to render accounts for their individual responsibilities for the retreat and the democracy celebration.

“Everybody deserves accountability for every responsibility. But the forum to render accounts has not yet been provided, because we are on break. There is a security flash among members of the Leadership of the House. The man (Ihedioha) so accused, is under the law presumed innocent, until after a fair hearing”, he said.

The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Information and National Orientation, who is the arrow head for the removal of the Leader and the Chief Whip, told reporters shortly after the briefing by Eyiboh, that 241 members of the House had already signed for the removal of the Whip.

As for the Leader, he noted that the Group was girded with ‘facts and figures”, to sack him.

“For the purpose of clarity, I want to say that I as Honourable Dino Melaye does not need many bullets to be killed. I need only one. But the truth of the matter is that the truth has no colour and it has to be told at all times as he warned that “We as legislators in oversighting the Executive, there is a very serious need to oversight ourselves”.

He added that “We are not even asking for investigation of Hon Emeka Ihedioha; we are not even writing a petition against him. What we are signing and for very person that has signed that list is the vote of no confidence on him which does not need to be debated.

“Democracy is a vote of numbers; we can decide to say we don’t appreciate a particular leader’s leadership style, because of his high-handedness or his public relations. We can decide to say we don’t like the face of this leader and therefore want to change him.