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DOGARA TO GOV MOHAMMED: Stop the smear campaign, defend allegation of corruption against you



Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has challenged Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State to defend himself against allegations of corruption leveled against him.

According to Dogara, in a statement signed on Tuesday by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, attempting to drag his name into a phantom investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is nothing but smear campaign sponsored by the Bauchi State Government.

It would be recalled that Dogara had alluded to alleged corruption practices by Governor Mohammed as one of the reasons for his defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The statement reads: “Allegations that Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), or any other anti-graft agency, are nothing but components of a smear campaign sponsored by Bauchi State government and its minions.

“It has been over one year since Rt. Hon Dogara left office as Speaker of the House of Representatives with an unblemished record of service. If there is any evidence of corruption against the former Speaker, it should be published by those who make claim of its existence or forever keep their peace.

Read also: Why I quit PDP —Dogara

“It is public knowledge that Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara, other than for official purposes as Speaker of the House of Representatives, did not and still does not have any business with the EFCC or Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), unlike Bala Mohammed and his children who were regular guests at EFCC and Kuje Prison for months.

“Governor Bala should take this as a challenge to activate his contacts acquired while in detention at the anti-graft agency to make public any evidence of fraud or corruption against the Rt. Hon or any report indicting him.

“He, alongside his minions, are also hereby challenged to make public the purported appreciation letter for the gift of any vehicle received by the Rt. Hon.

“Governor Bala Mohammed, rather than hiring paid minions to hurl insults and make false allegations against the person of Hon Dogara, would do well to scrap up bits of honour left in him by addressing the charges of corruption and self-enrichment listed in the resignation letter of the Rt. Hon as hiring paid minions to whitewash him will make no impact on Nigerians and indeed Bauchi people.

“Nigerians are now too sophisticated for cheap propaganda and can see through a desperate attempt to divert attention from the serious issues of corruption levelled against him.

“If he has nothing to hide, Bala Mohammed should, within 48 hours, personally address allegations issued directly against him instead of resorting to cheap blackmail.

“For starters, he can begin with records that he used a company in which he was a director and whose address was his mother’s residence in Bauchi, to execute a N4.6 billion vehicle purchase contract”.

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