Kogi APC governorship screening; Yagba West chairman denied issuing letter to Irukera

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THE Yagba West Local Government party chairman of the All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Kogi state, Major David Samuel, (RTD), on Tuesday denied ever issuing any letter to Barrister Babatunde Irukera, authenticating him as financial member of the party in the area.

Maj. Samuel was reacting to an online Media reports, alleging that he issued a letter to Irukera who was seeking the party’s nomination for the November 16 governorship position in the state.

Barrister Irukera was on Monday screened out of the contest by the Senator Hope Uzodinma screening Committtee, on grounds of non commitment to the party and payment of party dues.

However Irukera had argued that he has contributed to the party in his Yagba West LGA, saying that he has been paying the Staff salaries of staff of the party Secretariat as well as payment for the rent of the Secretariat.

But in a press conference at the state party Secretariat in Lokoja on Tuesday, Samuel told journalists that the said letter does not emanate from him and should be completed disregarded, discountenance and not to be honoured by members of the Public or any authority.

The statement which reads in part said ” My attention has been drawn to a letter in circulation in some segments of the media, written on the 23rd of August,2019, purportedly originating from one Barrister Babatunde Irukera, claiming that I Hon (Major) David O. Samuel (Rtd) was signatory to

“In the said letter, Barrister Babatunde Ayokunle Irukera claimed to have been responsible for the payment of the rent for the party Secretariat in Odo-Ere and payment of staff salaries in the party LGA Secretariat among others

“To the best of my knowledge as the APC party chairman for Yagba West LGA, I wish to State clearly that I have never received a penny from Barrister Babatunde Ayokunle Irukera either directly or by proxy for the purposes highlighted above since my assumption of office.

“I want to draw the attention of the whole world to the letter and the purported signature that appeared on the said letter. It did not originate from me and should be completely disregarded, discountenance and not to be honoured by members of the public or any authority whatsoever.

He stressed that as a party man and law abiding citizen of Nigeria, “who has excelled in his choosen career and rose through the ranks to the exalted position of a Major in the Nigerian Army, I am in discussion with my legal team on the necessary legal action within the ambits of the law to bring those behind this dastardly act to book.

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