BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Immediate past Speaker, Nigeria’s House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, says sinister moves by detractors will not derail his commitment to serve the country selflessly and contribute valuably to its socio-economic and political development.
Speaking against the waves of reports of positioning himself to run for the Vice President office with National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as President in 2023, Dogara described such insinuations as quite laughable.
He therefore urged Nigerians to disregard the reports and images being circulated on social media as they were sponsored materials by mischief makers.
Speaking through a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Turaki Hassan, the former Speaker said the reports and pictures circulating are the handiwork of mischief makers.
The statement titled: “HON DOGARA IS CONCERNED ABOUT TACKLING THE CHALLENGES OF OUR NATIONHOOD THAN 2023” pointedly fingered officials of the Bauchi State government as those behind the sponsored materials
The statement accused State government officials of sponsoring the materials “in a desperate bid to lend credence to the infantile delusions of their principal, captured in his ludicrous postulations that Rt. Hon. Dogara left the PDP just because he was deceived by the APC with the promise of a position come 2023.”
According to the statement; “It has come to our notice that stories and images are being circulated on social media to the effect that His Excellency, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, is running for the office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Sen Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for President in 2023.
“Our initial decision was to ignore them since they are utterly baseless but it appears that the promoters of this fallacy are unrelenting in spreading the falsehood and have now succeeded in making it sound believable to the extent that even some conventional and ‘credible’ media platforms are beginning to take it up.”
It further stated that; “In order to stop the further spread of this deliberate mischief whose objective is yet to be ascertained, the public is hereby, advised to disregard and totally discountenance the purported story and pictures for what they are handiwork of mischief makers.'”