Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Yakubu Dogara has denied report that he emerged as Speaker of the House though the influence of former Delta state governor, James Ibori.
James Ibori was recently released from a UK prison having served a 13 years jail term.
Speaking through a press statement, Doagra said he has no relationship, political or otherwise with Mr Ibori.
“Our attention has been drawn to statement credited to Senator Peter Nwabaoshi who was quoted as saying that former Delta state governor James Ibori supported the emergence of Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives,” he said.
The statement added; “We have watched the video clip and noticed that there is no where the distinguish senator mentioned Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara by name. However, reports published in both online and print media insinuated that senator Peter Nwabaoshi referred to Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.”
Dogara maintained that he emerged Speaker by votes of members of the House of Representatives.
“There may well be silent supporters and well wishers of the Honourable Speaker from far and near some of whom he may not be aware of.
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“Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara does not have a relationship, political or otherwise with former Governor James Ibori of Delta state to warrant the insinuations in the statement credited to Senator Nwaboshi, and had never had one,” he stressed.