The electoral woes of House Speaker Dimeji Bankole may be compounded by tomorrow if the speaker fails to appear before members of the House of Representatives to explain how the house ended up borrowing N10 billion that is now trapped at the United Bank of Africa (UBA).

Speaker Bankole has been ordered to appear before the House of Representatives to defend against allegations of financial impropriety relating to the non-payment of allowances to members of the house who recently returned to work after the April elections.

 Dino Melaye moved a motion to have Bankole suspended after he drew the attention of the house to a notice that the UBA has withheld the salaries and allowances of members because Mr. Bankole got the house indebted to the bank to the tune of N10 billion.

Melaye then moved a motion asking for the suspension of the Speaker Bankole, however several members asked him to allow the Speaker to defend himself the next day so as to be given a fair hearing.

Mr. Bankole has been avoiding the house like a plague since he lost last April's election in his homestate of Ogun.  Before the meeting today, house members were furious about the fact that Bankole locked the chamber. As they tried to physically break open the chambers, the Deputy speaker, Usman Bayero Nafada intervened.

At the meeting today, Mr. Nafada apologized for adjourning the House illegally last week but denied that he was privy to how the House has borrowed N10 billion from the UBA. Nigerian lawmakers are the highest paid  and some of the most unproductive lawmakers in the world.

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