👤 By Abdul Tukur
Yakubu Dogara has officially “decided to come back,” to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
This afternoon, the Speaker of the House of Representative, 50, who hopes to remain a representative for the people of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency in Bauchi State after the 2019 elections, submitted his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms at Wadata Plaza, the national headquarters of the PDP.
Having campaigned for the All Progressives Congress, the lawmaker expressed sadness over the ruling party’s failure to deliver on its promises.
He said: “Due to certain developments, I had to leave the party for another party. I believed that I was teaming together with people to heal the people of Nigeria but I don’t want to be a prophet of lamentation. I’m not known to be lamenting too much.
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“Everybody knows where we are in Bauchi state. It will take only someone who has lost his conscience to still support the order that is in the state. We went round the state campaigning for the APC and I tell you that we have not fulfilled a single promise.”
There have been a wave of defection from the APC.
Mr Dogara, the 14th speaker was first elected into the green chamber in 2007. He is the second most prominent lawmaker to leave the ruling party, following many rift with the Executive arm.
One of Mr Dogara’s aide, Rinsola Abiola, also complained and decamped from the APC.
Ms Abiola, daughter of the later Moshood Kashimao Olawale, MKO, said after successfully challenging legal constraints facing most young Nigerians in politics, she was told not to seek office.
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But Mr Dogara has often been silent throughout the debacle between the executive and legislative arm.
Today while addressing hundreds of supporters, he said: “Nationally we all know what is happening, I will speak to that maybe on another occasion. But I must tell you that I am still shocked. When I recover, I will now tell my story devoid of sentiments in a way people will easily understand why I have taken this decision, that is being with the PDP today and I will certainly do that.
“In the APC, there are wonderful people but equally there are people who I will call ravenous. We have a lot of bouncers, you know bouncers in the party. For me I was in the situation where I had serious questions. I will tell you that I’d rather be hated for who I am than be loved for who I’m not. So, I have decided to come back.”