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 Abdulmumin Jibrin, as it has uncover plans to unseat the speaker to avoid possible emergence of the next house speaker from the south west, it was learnt yesterday
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 also 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.
The APC had on Thursday ordered the embattled former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Jibrin, to stop further comments on the allegation of budget padding levelled against the Speaker.
The order was given by the APC Deputy National Chairman(North) Senator Lawal Shuaibu, after series of meetings held over the matter with the National Working Committee.
Meanwhile, Dogara has denied knowledge of budget padding, an act he has been accused of by Jibrin.
Speaking after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday, he also said he had no reason to resign from his post as being demanded in some quarters.