Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah has hit back at former president Olusegun Obsanjo, saying the ex-ruler introduced corruption into the National Assembly and so had no moral basis to accuse legislators of graft. Gisthall.com in this light bring to you the details.
Na’Allah in a statement released in Abuja Tuesday, said he was sure of his integrity and public service pedigree, saying he rejected the N50million ‘third term’ bribe Obasanjo had allegedly brought to the National Assembly in 2007 to get lawmakers to endorse his attempt to extend his tenure in office.
He dared the former ruler to produce evidence of corruption against him and vowed to vacate his seat in senate if proven, saying the blanket labeling of legislators as corrupt was “reckless and terrifying.”
“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,”the senator said.
Part of the statement read: “I am not corrupt and I have integrity Sen Na’Allah dares obasanjo. 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. 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.