OrderPaperToday– Fifteen members of the House of Representatives have slammed at lawmakers who condemned Senator Kabiru Marafa for granting an interview that allegedly brought the integrity of the National Assembly to disrepute.

On Sunday, these members of the House countered their colleagues, asking them to stay clear of the Senate’s internal affairs.

The fifteen reps released a statement maintaining that the business of the Senate should not disrupt the peace of the House.

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The statement said: “It must be clear to the legislators who are mostly new members that the two Houses of the National Assembly are independent and separate and by getting involved in the internal crisis of the Senate shows them to be busybodies and interlopers who know nothing about the running of a bicameral legislature.

“We advise our colleagues to mind their own business and face the people’s work for which they were elected to do.”

They expressed solidarity with Mr Marafa and concurred that budget controversy was an agenda for “political negotiation.”

“Since we are all entitled to our opinion, we agree with Senator Marafa that the budget distortions became a political tool in the hands of some legislators and their agenda was to use it for political negotiation.”

They queried why their colleagues could not reply former President Olusegun Obasanjo after his letter to the National Assembly.

“We wonder where these legislators were when former President made his own public opinion and tirade recently.

“It is even more shocking that they were so quick to do the bidding of whoever their paymaster is that they moved even faster than the Senate Ethics Committee set up to investigate the matter,” they said.

The fifteen lawmakers who signed the statement are John Dyegh, Lawal Gumau, Ahmad Kaita, Agunsoye Rotimi, Ali Madaki, Aminu Malle, Nazir Daura and Mohammed Soba.

Others are Ismail Gadaka, Abdulrahman Shuaibu, Sunday Adepoju, Adekunle Akinlade, Ajibola Famurewa, Abdulmahmud Gaiya and Musa Adar.

Like Mr Marafa, they supported the party’s position in the choice of National Assembly leaders and were loyal to Femi Gbajabiamila, whi after loosing the Speakership seat to Yakubu Dogara, emerged Majority Leader.

Earlier on Wednesday, the issue spiralled over to House of Representatives, setting political camps in the legislative body against each other.

That day, eleven members of the House believed to be loyal to the Saraki-Dogara bi-cameral camp at the National Assembly, rose against Mr. Marafa, whose statements, they said, cast slur on the sanctity of the legislature.




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