👤 By Adenike Lucas,
Yakubu Dogara is going to contest to represent the people of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency in the 2019 elections.
Mr Dogara, 50, who left the All Progressives Congress picked up a nomination form on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The 50-year-old lawmaker who has represented the north-eastern constituency in the lower house since 2007, said he received the support to stay on from his constituents.
“Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us,” the speaker of the House of Representatives said.
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A statement from the speaker obtained by DENISAURUS News, said: “Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run to once again represent our constituency. I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.”
“I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today, I will see this mammoth crowd in my house.
“I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God rewards you for this scarifice. I was almost tired having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.
“But in recent days I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t run again. Nobody can impose leadership on you. Only you, our people, can choose who will represent you.
“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do that is what we will do. Those who have said that they will retire us from politics, I want to tell them that we have just begun.
“We will continue to attract development to our area; build roads, hospitals, schools and create opportunities for our people to thrive.”
The leaders of the group, Alhaji Murtala Miyetti Allah, Mrs Keziah Dare and Mr Bulus Iliya Bully said they came on behalf of the people of the constituency to appeal to the speaker to seek re-election.
“I cried bitterly when I heard that you won’t contest again but I am very happy now having seen you. Please continue to represent us. You have done so much for our people. You empowered women and youths,” said Mrs Keziah Dare.
On his part, Mr Bully said: “the people you are seeing are here are because you have done well for us. We never expected the kind of development we are experiencing in our area.
Alhaji Murtala Miyetti Allah made a passionate appeal to the speaker saying: “Please help us return to the seat so that you continue with the good works you are doing. We are calling on you with a loud voice. Please listen to us, wipe away our tears. Don’t quit yet.”