Immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, has accused members of the National Assembly of seeking bribes to carry out their constitutional duties, PT writes.
Jega made the declaration while delivering the year’s Democracy Day lecture at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, on Monday, saying he has “spoken to quite a number of chief executives who complained of high demand for bribes from members of the National Assembly in the name of so called oversight functions.”
In a rather blunt manner, the former INEC chief told the gathering including President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and other top government personalities that “some chairmen of committees at the National Assembly are notorious for seeking for bribes.”
Jega’s claim comes at a time of intense scrutiny of the National Assembly after a former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, revealed that the lawmakers demanded a staggering N17bn bribe to pass the 2015 budget.
The lawmakers are yet to respond to the allegation.
More to follow…