Gbajabiamila never said going to prison is honour for politicians – Deputy Speaker
The Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase has denied statement credited to Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila that “going to prison is honor for politicians .
The Deputy Speaker who.represented Gbajabiamila at the even said that the story is a deliberate misrepresentation of fact adding that At no time did the Honourable speaker declare or insinuate that “prison experience for any politician is a “badge of honour” as erroneously published in the said story.
Wase said in statement issued by his media aide Muhammadu Puma, “To set the record straight, it is true that the Rt. Hon. Speaker, was represented by Deputy Speaker Ahmed Idris Wase, who led Principal Officers of the House on a visit to Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, at his residence in Abuja on Monday, June 8, 2020.
“During the visit, the Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the speaker and the entire leadership of House of Representatives, sympathized with Senator Orji Kalu and advised him to consider his incarceration and subsequent release from jail as part of “destiny” and should not be discouraged.”
Wase also relayed his experience with the former governor of Plateau State, Late Chief Solomon Lar, whom he said once told them after coming out of prison that as politicians they should expect things like this.
According to the statement, there was never a time, the Deputy Speaker, who spoke for a little over three minutes during the visit said that “going to prison is badge of honour for politicians”.
Wase only alluded to what the Late Solomon Lar had told them. Therefore, there is no way the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker would have said what is stated in the story.
The statement added, “It is most unfortunate, and strange to have ascribed this to the person of the Rt. Hon. Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.
“We advise readers to disregard this piece of news, which was deliberately slanted and twisted to suit the reporters vague intention.
” The leadership of the House of Representatives under Speaker Gbajabiamila will continue to accord due respect to the media and support responsible journalism. We advise journalists to at all times get their facts right before going to press.”