Femi Gbajabiamila, the House of Representatives Speaker has denied any form of external inducement to him or the House leadership with a view to passing the proposed Infectious Disease Control Bill.
Gbajabiamila who described the allegation as “unfortunate and counterproductive” to the wellbeing of Nigerians, also said the Bill based on popular demand will follow laid down legislative procedures of public hearing which will take into cognisance, the need for social distancing.
The speaker made the comments while addressing the House in a matter of personal expalanation to dispel what he referred to as malicious rumours and allegations suggesting that the proposed Bill is a product of financial inducement.
Both the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Idris Wase and Majority leader, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, rose to say that no dime was given to anyone to the best of their knowledge, as far as the passage of the proposed Bill was concerned, adding that the House guards jealously its integrity and passion with which it has pursued issues that relate to the wellbeing of Nigerians.
They also suggeated the need for the House to take a legal action against those making the allegation.
The position was also re-echoed by the Minority Caucus through its leader, Ndudi Elumelu who said he had consulted with his members and no one has recieved anything, be it bribe or lobby money to support the said bill.
Elumelu who was also supported in his assertion by Rep. Obinna Chidoka from Anambra, voiced his backing for the decision to take legal action against their accusers.