…Says he return to chart new frontiers in Bauchi, Nigeria.
…I never knew Dogara left APC – Gov Abubakar
Suspicions and rumours surrounding the political move of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, was laid to rest on Thursday as he officially returned to the the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms to re contest election into the House in 2019.
Dogara came in company of notable politicians in Bauchi State including three governorship aspirants; former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, former National Organising Secretary of PDP, Senator Abdul Ningi and Adamu Gimba, 20 local government chairmen and chairman of PDP in Bauchi State, Barr. Hamza Moshe.
Dogara, who said he previously left the PDP on account of certain development in the polity described his sojourn in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a shock from which he is yet to recover
He said, “I’m still shocked, when I recover from my shock, I will tell everyone and my people why I left the APC”.
But he said he has to leave the APC for some personalities “whose ravenous wayward sense of personal entitlement have destroyed the party, making the party’s environment disabled.
The Speaker said his move has proved wrong antics of some politicians in the APC who thought he cannot move to any other party, saying that “today’s event mark the end of such speculation”.
Stressing that he does not mind whose ox is gored by his movement back to the PDP, Dogara said, “I will rather be hated for who I am than to be loved for whom I am not”.
He said he has decided to come back to the root , adding that he was a founding member of the PDP and participated in the drafting of the party’s constitution.
His joining the PDP this time around, he said, is to chart a new frontiers in Bauchi State and Nigeria by extension saying “that is the challenge before us”.
On hand to receive Dogara were members of the National Working Committee which include the Deputy National Chairman ( North), Babayo Gammawa, National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd) and National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Gammawa said the return of the Speaker to the PDP is an attestation to the rebranding of the PDP which has been attracting meaningful politicians to its fold, including recent defectors from the APC.
He commended Dogara for his resilience in using the parliamentary platform to advance the course of democracy in Nigeria.
He said an elaborate reception will be held for Dogara at a date to be announced by the party leadership.
In a related development, Bauchi State Governor Muhammed Abubakar has declared that he did not know that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has defected from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP.
The governor also expressed confidence that he will win a landslide victory in the general election even at the Speaker’s federal constituency.
The Daily Times recalls that a group recently purchased nomination forms of the opposition PDP for the re-election of the Speaker who it was said had submitted the same forms to the PDP as an aspirant.
Speaking with journalists on Thursday at the venue of the governorship Screening panel of the party, Governor Abubakar said: “The Speaker represents a constituency that has a total of 70, 000 registered voters in 2015, I won the election with a margin of 393,000 votes”.
When asked for his chances of winning re-election following the exit of Speaker Dogara to the PDP, the governor said: “Well, I don’t know whether he has defected.
Has he? Well, I don’t know but I learnt some people presented him with a form, PDP form. But we haven’t heard any specific statement from him that he has defected. So I am waiting for that”.
He however said the exit of Dogara would not affect his aspiration for a fresh mandate in 2019.
Meanwhile, Niger State Governor Sani Bello has said that the party’s stakeholders have met and decided to settle for the direct primary in the state.
Bello, who was also seeking re-election, told journalists after his screening in Abuja on Thursday that all the APC stakeholders in Niger State are on the same page as regard the mode of primary election , saying that ; “With the adoption of the direct primary, the party is becoming more popular.
We will try as much as possible to uphold fairness and justice in the party, and give everyone equal opportunity to vie for any position they want. We will ensure that by God’s grace we have outstanding victory in 2019”.