Members of the House of Representatives have denied reports that they collected $10 million from an external source so they can hurriedly pass the Controversial Infectious Disease bill.
The Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), on Monday May 4, alleged that it has intercepted a human intelligence report that the sum of $10 million was offered to the lawmakers from an external source to influence the speedy passage of the bill without recourse to legislative public hearing.
However during plenary today, the Minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, denied the allegation. Speaking on behalf of members of the minority caucus in the house, Elumelu denied the claim saying there is no truth to it.
Also House of Representatives member, Obinna Chidoka said himself and other members of the House have been inaundated with calls from members of their constituency to share their part of the $10 million largesse from Mr Gates.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila asked lawmakers to ignore ” mischief makers” According to him, such comments only give credence to the call for the regulation of social media.
The House then called for legal action against the purveyors of fake news and libel against the House. It asked the legal department to institute legal actions against those behind the news.
The House majority leader, Rep. @aadoguwa stated that no dime was given to the leadership of the house for the work on the bill but rather the work the House is doing is for the collective interest of the Nigerian people. #HousePlenary pic.twitter.com/5pZ3CcOeb3
— House of Reps NGR (@HouseNGR) May 5, 2020