PDP Reps shoot down motion to probe MDAs on misappropriated $4.2 trillion


The House of Representatives yesterday missed an opportunity to aid the anti-corruption drive of President Mohammadu Buhari. A motion to investigate misappropriation and non-remittance of funds  by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) was rejected.

The mover of the motion, Chike Okafor (APC, Imo) withdrew it after being told that the motion was defective and wrongly phrased.

Signs that the motion would not see the light of the day emerged shortly before the mover took the floor when the Chief Whip, Hassan Doguwa (APC, Kano) had to disperse a group of PDP lawmakers, led by the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, who were clustered in a corner discussing in low tones.

Doguwa said if the PDP caucus wants to hold a meeting, they should go to Wadata House and not on the floor when plenary was on.

The group dispersed immediately and plenary continued.

Okafor was seeking the approval of the House to mandate the Committees on Finance, Petroleum Resources (Downstream or Upstream) and Gas Resources, when constituted, to investigate the allegations and report back to the House within four weeks for further legislative input.