Following media reports that emerged yester that the incumbent Speaker, Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara has joined the race for the speaker of the House of Representative for the 9th NASS, Hon. Dogara in his reaction described the news as false.
The speaker made this known in a press statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by his Special Adviser Media and Public Affairs, Rural Hassan.
The statement reads: “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 said that there were official channels of communication, adding that the speaker had not issued any statement to that effect.
He, therefore, urged members of the public to disregard the fake news being published about Dogara’s ambition to contest the speakership again.