Members of the House of representatives yesterday threatened court action over a publication alleging that lawmakers of the House collected $30,000 dollars each not to override the veto of President Muhammadu Buhari on the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
In the interim, the Green Chamber has sent the matter to its Committee on Ethics and Privileges for investigations and advice on if it should commence with a court action and the nature of charges it should file.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a point of order of privilege raised by Danburam Nuhu (APC, Kano) during plenary.
The lawmaker, while moving the motion, said the allegation was capable of discrediting the House as an institution.
He said: “I am beginning to worry that my constituents are now doubting my integrity.
“I want the House to support this matter so that the House committee on Ethics and Privilege can investigate this matter, which is alleged to tarnish our images as members of Parliament.”
House Leader Femi Gbajabiamla said the allegation was a slap on the face of members of the House, adding that rather than sending the matter to Ethics and Privilege Committee, it should be contested in a court of law.
After debate on the motion, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, in his ruling insisted that the investigation should start from within.