OrderPaperToday – The fresh bribery scandal rocking the House of Representatives is attracting a back-and-forth dimension as Mr. Wole Oke (PDP, Osun), the man in the eye of the storm has fired back at his colleague, Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma (APC, Edo) who alleged that he was brokering bribe payments to scuttle a probe.
Oke, in reaction to #FridayFactFile, an enlightenment programme run on Twitter by OrderPaperNG, noted that Agbonayinma whose daughter is involved in certificate scandal at the National Pension Commission (PenCom) has no moral right to continue to chair a committee that is investigating the same establishment.
It would be recalled that Mr. Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma abruptly resigned as chairman of a N9trillion PenCom probe committee after alleging bribery deals by Oke on behalf of the management of the commission.
In a reply to the OrderPaperNG tweet thread through his handle, @Mpwoleoke on Friday, the lawmaker tweeted: “I am for the investigation of Pencom as ordered by the House . As leaders we must all come to equity with cleaner hands. A member whose daughter is caught in certificate scandal in Pencom has no moral right to continue to preside over the investigation of the same PenCom.”
However, this is not the first time a member will be accusing Oke of soliciting for bribe: in 2016, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC, Kano) had also accused Oke of involvement in the arms deal scandal raised in the early years of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
In series of tweets then, Jibrin in the heat of the budget padding scandal in the House, tweeted: “Hon Oke is of the habit of frequently inviting MDA’s to extort money in the name of investigation or oversight where he has no mandate.
“Hon. Oke was part of the group that started the jumbo pay,he is shocked that with my revelation,the allowances has finally met a brick wall!
“Let me re emphasis my call for a comprehensive back ground check on people who aspire to high offices especially members of legislature.
“I believe with a good back ground checks, elements like Hon Wole Oke and Herma Hembe can never find their way into the House of Reps!”