Yakubu Dogara, a former speaker of the house of representative, has denied interest in the 2023 presidency.
There were unconfirmed reports that Dogara defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the hope of securing the ruling party’s presidential ticket alongside Bola Tinubu, APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu, in 2023.
But in a statement issued by his media aide, Turaki Hassan, on Sunday, the ex-speaker accused the Bauchi State governor of spreading such falsehood.
Describing the report as utterly baseless, Dogara urged the public to disregard the story, stating that itwas the handiwork of mischief makers.
“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), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for President in 2023,” he said.
“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.”