Dogara confirms his defection to APC, states reasons

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Yakubu Dogara, a former past speaker of the House of Representatives, has disclosed why he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmaker in a letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ ward chairman of the PDP dated July 24, 2020, said the breakdown of governance in his native state of Bauchi prompted his defection, Premium Times reported.

In the letter through his spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, the former speaker noted that if he were to remain in the PDP, he would be accused of disloyalty for questioning governance under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed whom he said he helped install as a governor in 2019.

He stated that he resigned his membership of the PDP to enable him to keep faith with his principle of fighting for good governance in Bauch state.

The personal assistant on New Media to President Muhammadu Buhari has said Yakubu Dogara did no wrong by defecting to the APC.

According to him, the former speaker broke no law with his decision. Ahmad pointed out that Dogara’s defection was about politics and nothing more.

“That’s purely politics, no rule is broken here, Obaseki left and Dogara is back. That’s the law of this game, when you leave, another will come and fill the space. And it will continue to be like that till the end of the game. The best, don’t stress yourself over it. Be moderate!” He said

He said this over earlier assertion by the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, who described the return of Yakubu Dogara, to the APC as a big setback for the party’s image.

Sagay said the culture of allowing people to jump in and out of parties has to stop. “For me, this is a big setback for the image of the APC. I think it’s an illustration of the fact that we are yet to adopt ideology and principles in our politics. Because if you have an ideology and philosophy, you won’t be hopping from one party to another,” he said.

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