The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has denied having any relationship with a former Governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori.
Dogara also denied the allegation that Ibori backed his emergence as speaker.
In a statement by his Media Office, the speaker denied a statement credited to Senator Peter Nwabaoshi from Delta State that Ibori supported his candidacy for the speaker’s seat.
The statement reads: “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.
“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.
“For the records, we want to state that the Rt. Hon. Speaker was elected by the 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.
“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.