Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Sunday denied claims that he joined the All Progressives Congress, APC, so the party can nominate him as the running mate to Bola Tinubu.
Dogara had in July resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the platform which he contested and won his election into the House of Representatives.
He cited failure of governance in his home state as one of the major reasons he left the party.
His media aide, Turaki Hassan, who disclosed this in a statement said the whole narrative is been sponsored by the governor of Bauchi State and is intended to malign and disparage the person of Dogara and divert the people from issues of poor governance.
The statement reads, “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.
“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.
“These stories and pictures, we understand, are being sponsored by officials of the Bauchi State Government in their 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.”
“2023 is still years away and, therefore, it is unnecessary, distracting and insensitive to start making unfounded declarations at this time when all hands ought to be on deck in tackling the challenges of our nationhood.
“Furthermore, to our best knowledge, no political party sells nomination and expression of interest forms for the post of a running mate as he/she is only appointed or selected by a flag bearer. It is, therefore, preposterous for anyone to claim that someone is running for the position of VP when no flag bearer has emerged.
“His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, is busy helping to rebuild and reposition the APC in Bauchi State and wishes to be allowed to focus on just that.”