Dogara ‘Thinking Twice’ On Dumping APC For PDP
There are strong indications that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara may be having a second thought over his planned defection from the All Progressives Congresses (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Reports had earlier swirled on the internet that Dogara will defect to the PDP alongside Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
But Daily Trust is reporting that while Saraki and Tambuwal have joined the PDP, Dogara remains in the APC, with some saying “he is in a fix” over the issue.
The speaker has not been on friendly terms with the Bauchi State Governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, and there have been fears that he may be denied the APC return ticket.
But a source has revealed to the news outlet that several close allies to the speaker have advised him against following Saraki and Tambuwal to the PDP because the duo did it for their personal ambitions and political fight.
“It’s all about the theory of self-preservation. Dogara had wanted to go, but as it is now, he is back-tracking. Yes, his political mentor has defected, but he was told that it will be difficult for Tambuwal to become president.
“Dogara himself knows that he can get the ticket to return to the House, but even if he returns, he should drop his speakership ambition for the second time. We just want him to finish his tenure peacefully,” the source, an ally of the speaker, said.
Another lawmaker said,
“He’s thinking twice, seriously because the game is changing by the day. Just a while ago, somebody, a prominent PDP member in the House, said we shouldn’t be surprised if we see them coming to APC. He may not have decided finally, but I can assure you he’s having a second thought.”
A third lawmaker said,
“Some of us told him that this fight isn’t for him, it is a fight for Saraki and he shouldn’t involve himself too much in it. We told him that Saraki was governor of Kwara State for eight years and even served as the chairman of governors’ forum.
“He is now Senate President and he wants to be president in future. We said Saraki has seen it all. Dogara shouldn’t allow himself to be dragged into anybody’s fight. So, he should just focus on himself as Dogara and forget about Saraki.
“We said if he insists on following them, this government will fight him. Of course, unlike Saraki, he cannot withstand the pressure. In fact, after this government wins election, they’ll still come after him.
“We said let everybody answer his name. So it seems he has back tracked. One thing is for sure: that Dogara cannot work with the Bauchi governor.”