Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
Special adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan yesterday refuted claims made by the interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) alleging that oil barons who never liked President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption stance sponsored the election and emergence of Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Speaker’s aide, Hassan said that Dogara’s antecedence, capacity, experience, being a team player, incorruptibility and his progressive mind endeared him to his colleagues. “It is baseless and lacking in substance and merit and can best be described as figment of Chief Akande`s imagination. ”Therefore, the allegation by Chief Akande is unbecoming of a well-respected elder-stateman and a former Interim National Chairman of the APC. ”
We challenge Chief Akande to name the so-called oil barons whom he alleged sponsored the election of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, “he said. To further counter Akande’s allegation, he said that the first investigative motion adopted by the 8th House of Representatives under the leadership of Dogara was to investigate the allegation of fraud in the oil-swap contract awarded by the Nigerian National Petroluem Corporation (NNPC). ”
A resolution instituting investigation into the allegation was passed with a resolve to constitute an Ad-hoc committee to investigate the NNPC, as well as its subsidiary, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company over the swap contracts.