NORTH MOVES AGAINST SOUTH WEST TO SAVE DOGARA, POLICE STOPS INVESTIGATIONS INTO BUDGET PADDING

There are serious indications that certain influential northern elders and All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders have waded into the war of budget padding between House of Representatives, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Abdulmumni  Jibrin.

The move is to checkmate the possible emergence of the next House Speaker from the South West, it was learnt on Friday.DOGARA

Informed police sources revealed to Saturday Tribune in Abuja on Friday that following the development, the police have been asked to halt further investigations into the matter.

The reliable sources said that an agreement was forced between the two warring parties by the North after leaders from that region discovered that removing the Speaker might create an opportunity for the South-West to clinch the office.

The APC had initially zoned the speakership to the South West but Dogara defied the party defeating Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was the official candidate.

It was learnt that the North reasoned that while Jibrin and Dogara fought dirty, the zone might find it difficult to install another person from that region as the Speaker given the present perceived lopsidedness in key government positions in favour of the North.

Following this development, the two warring factions have been directed to sheathe their swords as an amicable solution would be found to resolve the matter,” the source said.

The source disclosed that the APC northern elders have since embarked on series of meetings between Dogara and Jibrin on different platforms, to find out how the matter could be resolved.

Consequently police investigators have halted all invitations sent out to the Speaker and the principal officers of the House.

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