I’ve not joined speakership race, says Dogara
By Adekunle Adebayo, Abuja
The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday distanced himself from the new circulating round the media that he has joined the race for the Speakership of the Ninth National Assembly.
Dogara made debunked this news in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja by his Special Adviser on media and publicity affairs, Turaki Hassan.
Hassan, who described those campaigning for Dogara on social media as mischief makers, maintained that they are enemies of progress who want to create confusion.
According to the statement, “We wish to distance the Speaker from the fake news being pushed and circulated by mischief makers and enemies of progress who want to create confusion in order to benefit and feast on it.
“The Speaker has always spoken for himself and would not be engaged in childish hide and seek games. When he contested in 2015, he openly sought for support and openly canvassed for votes and there is nothing stopping him from doing so now if that were the case.
“We have official channels of communication and we have not issued any statement to that effect. We urge members of the public to totally disregard the fake news being published about the Speaker.”