The House of Representatives yesterday drew a battle line against the media over allegation of $30,000 bribe collected by members to withdraw their support from the electoral amendment bill that altered the sequence of elections in the country.
This is as they frowned at the publication they described as a slap on the face of members of Legislature, referring the matter to its Committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate the allegation.
The decision was contained in a motion of privilege raised by Hon Danburam Nuhu, who described the allegation as an attempt to discredit the House as an institution, adding, “I’m 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 Privileges can investigate this matter, which is capable of tarnishing our images as members of Parliament.”
The lawmakers while chiding the media on such publications, also threatened legal action against media Houses that published the story for defamation.
Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila insisted on taking the matter to court to determine the truth behind the report, noting that such report was injurious to the reputation of members.