The recent defection of former Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is more of a surprise, Bauchi PDP laments.
Amidst the surprise package, the state chapter of the APC says it is happy with Dogara’s return to its fold in what he described as the best decision for Dogara.
Dogara, who left the APC in January 2019 ahead of the last general elections in the country for the PDP while he was still serving as Speaker, returned to the ruling party on Friday.
He met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja with the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/National Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
It was gathered that, the Bauchi State PDP Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alhaji Yayanuwa Zainabari, expressed shock over the development.
The PDP spokesman in the state said that Dogara’s exit from the party really surprised them because the party has done a lot for the former Speaker and did expect this from him.
The PRO recalled that after his defection to PDP in 2019, the party gave him an automatic ticket to contest for the Bogoro/Tafawa Balewa/Dass federal constituency seat in the last general election.
In an interview with Zainabari a PDP Chieftain in the state said, “our party denied other politicians aspiring for the seat from his constituency the opportunity to contest the election just because the trusted him.
The PRO said that the ruling party in Bauchi State voted for Dogara on three different times to represent his constituency in the National Assembly.
Asked if the state government has been carrying the former Speaker along in its programmes and policies, Zainabari answered in the affirmative, declaring that, “his exit really surprised us.”
“The government carried him along. The governor really honoured him and gave his people opportunities to be part of the government.
“The party has not wronged him in any way, but we want to know if the party wronged him.”
Zainabari, however, declared that defection is in Dogara’s character, saying that, “it is in his habit of changing from one party to another.”
In a swift reaction, the APC spokesman in the state, Adamu Jallah, said that, the defection of the former Speaker is a welcome development.
According to him, the rank of APC is increasing daily in the state despite the fact that it is not in government in the state.
“We feel happy every day. We are not losing at all but getting more politicians every day,” the APC spokesman added.