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Defection: Don’t Stop Dogara, Reps Warn APC



Some members of the House of Representatives under the auspices of Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG) has issued a warning to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop attempts to prevent Speaker Yakubu Dogara from leaving the party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The group gave the warning in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Hon. Timothy Simon Golu after a meeting in Abuja on Sunday.

The PDG stated that desperate attempts by the APC to ensure that the speaker does not defect to another party is “a futile one and a sheer waste of time”.

Golu said “it is laughable that the APC is running cap in hand begging the speaker to remain in a party that has for so long failed to acknowledge his relevance and contribution to its existence”.

According to him “nemesis has now caught up with the party as the speaker and other men of conscience have decided to pitch tents with a party, PDP, that  recognises that the collective gain of Nigerians is greater than a few primordial interests”.

The group asserted that “the Rt. Hon Yakubu Dogara will defect to any party he chooses without fear of impeachment from his position as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

“Hon Dogara was not elected by the All Progressives Congress to be the speaker of the House of Representatives and as such, the party cannot take it away from him.

“It is common knowledge that the APC worked against his emergence but other members who saw and recognised his nationalistic spirit voted for him. In any case, he is the speaker of the House of Representatives and not of the All Progressives Congress”, the group stated

It further noted that if the ruling APC truly loved and appreciated the Speaker, it would not have humiliated and schemed him out during the party’s ward congresses.

“If the APC loved Dogara so much and wanted him to remain in its fold, why did they humiliate him during the their ward congresses where the Speaker and all his associates were schemed out and humiliated even though he is the highest political office holder from the north east and number four citizen in the country”.

The lawmakers accused the APC of impunity and undemocratic practices adding that “the APC under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a party of pretenders and hypocrites who think they are demi gods that all must serve and pay obeisance to whether they do right or wrong”.

The spokesperson insisted that “Nigerians are now wiser and have fully discovered their gimmicks and games and will no longer be deceived as we approach the 2019 general elections.

“Already, the PDP is the majority in the House and we expect more members from the APC.”

The Parliamentary Democrats Group which boasts of over 240 members of the House across political parties pledged their support to the Speaker saying “we are solidly behind Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and will ensure that remains as speaker even after his defection to any party.”