Friday’s emergency session of the Federal House of Representatives over the $3 million bribery scandal involving chairman of the ad hoc committee that probed the management of fuel subsidy regime, Hon. Farouk Lawan, and chairman of Zenon Oil, Femi Otedola, will be aired live on television.
A source close to the speaker informed THEWILL that the speaker decided to have the special session aired live to enable Nigerians see and judge for themselves the position of members on the scandal.
The sourced explained that the speaker had long resolved that nothing would be swept under the carpet and that the House would allow Nigerians unfettered access to every deliberation on the matter because “the speaker is committed to the fight against corruption and will not In any way provide cover for anyone indicted in the bribe.”
“The honourable speaker is very serious about fighting corruption in the system and as such would not be a party to any underhand dealings against people of this nation,” he said. “He has assured that every lawmaker will speak for himself. The House and the nation are greater than any single individual, so there will be no sacred cow.”
Already, members are said to be divided on how to resolve what has come to be known as the ‘Farouk gate.’ As at the time of filling this report, various zonal caucuses in the House were meeting in different locations in Abuja to take decisions on how to approach the issue on the floor today. Principal officers also met last night to perfect the mode of the House proceeding.
Meanwhile, a prominent member of the House from the Northwest has allayed fears that some members may move for the impeachment of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, dismissing the rumour as “dead on arrival.”
Wondering why anybody would be planning to unseat him because a member of the House is involved in a scandal, he said Speaker Tambuwal had nothing to hide and has so far exuded transparency, trust and good leadership qualities
“I want to tell you that nobody will impeach Tambuwal over this matter and no such thing will be tabled before this House tomorrow (Friday),” he assured. “We are aware that there are such plots from outside the House and they will make desperate attempts to co-opt some members but I can assure you such a plot cannot work in this House. Anybody thinking along that line should better forget it.”
Also a member of the House, Hon. Jerry Alagbaso, who was reported to have been the link between Lawan and Femi Otedola has distanced himself from the allegation.
“My attention has been drawn to a story captioned, ‘$3 million bribery scandal: lawyers league want Lawan, Otedola arrested’ published on page 6 of The Sun newspaper of Thursday, June 14, 2012, which among other things demanded that: ‘Jerry Alagbaso, Farouk Lawan, Boniface Emenalo and other members of the ad hoc committee should be arrested immediately by the Police and investigation should commence without delay into the proceedings of the committee to determine the extent of culpability of its individual members,” he said in a press statement.
“I wish to state that I am neither a member of the ad hoc committee on oil subsidy investigation nor a front man to its chairman or any member(s), as written or implied by the lawyers league and that the said publication is malicious and the handiwork of political traduced distractors aimed at tarnishing my hard-earned reputation, which was built over the years.”