- Yakubu Dogara has debunked news making the round about his ambition to contest the speakership again
- According to the House of Reps speaker, the fake news is being pushed and circulated by mischief makers
- Dogara urged members of the public to disregard the fake news
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has denied report that he has joined the race for speakership position in the 9th National Assembly.
In a press statement issued by his special adviser media and public affairs, Turaki Hassan, on Sunday, June 2, in Abuja, the speaker described the news as fake, Sahara Reporters report.
According to Dogara's aide, his boss had not issued any statement about joining the speakership race.
The statement read: "Our attention has been drawn to stories published in some national dailies to the effect that His Excellency, Speaker of House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has joined the race for the speakership of the 9th Assembly.
"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 Rt. Hon. 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."
Hassan called on members of the public to disregard the fake news being published about Dogara's ambition to contest the speakership again.
The eighth Assembly which started on a turbulent note on June 9, 2015, following the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate president and Dogara as speaker, will end on June 8.
Lawamkers will be electing new new leaders and the battle is getting tougher.
Legit.ng had reported earlier that Mohammed Bago's supporters have increased to 195 members-elect. Bago, a popular contender for the speakership of the House of Representatives, is contesting for the seat against Femi Gbajabiamila from Lagos state who has the endorsement of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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