|Senator Ibn is seeen here on the left of the picture|
Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na'Allah (APC, Kebbi South)Tuesday, faulted the remark of a former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on the National Assembly, saying he rejected N50m from him.
Obasanjo had while reacting to allegation of budget padding by the sacked Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumini Jibrin at the Villa said there was no men of honour at the National Assembly.
“It is not 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, Na'Allah said he is not corrupt and described the President’s statement as reckless and terrifying.
" My attention has been drawn to a purported statement attributed to former president Olusegun Obasanjo in which it was alleged that he made a sweeping statement to the effect that there are no men of integrity in the National Assembly.
" 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 statement who have had the privilege of superintending over the affairs of our great country Nigeria, "he said.
He added that, " 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 promised to vacate my seat as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.
" For the records I was the only member from kebbi state who did not find it worthy at that time of collecting the sum of 50 million naira as an inducement to subvert the constitution and provide a constitutional framework for the third term Ambition of president obasanjo.
" I find this statement if it is true to be reckless and terrifying. The implications 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.".