- Alhassan Doguwa, the chief whip of the House of Representatives, has dismissed rumours of possible removal of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara
- The impeachment threats that Dogara is reportedly facing in the House is attributed to his recent defection from APC to the PDP
- Doguwa said the defection did not in any way violate or breach any section of the House rules or the Nigerian constitution
The chief whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, who expressed a contrary view to rumours of possible removal of the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, said he has the right to belong to any political party of his choice.
It was learnt that Dogara, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party is facing impeachment threats in the House.
Premium Times reports that the speculations about looming crisis in the House over the speaker’s defection to the opposition PDP were not true.
Doguwa said: “Speculations about looming crisis in the House of reps over the speaker’s defection to the opposition PDP were not true.
“Like every other member of the house, the speaker has the right to associate or belong to any political party of his choice.
“Of course, all of us in the APC Caucus were not happy with this development. But we must know that the speaker did not commit any crime under the law.”
The chief whip went further to say the defection did not in any way violate or breach any section of the House rules or the Nigerian constitution.
According to him, “As far as we are concerned, as an institution, we have no legal or moral cause to contemplate the removal of the honourable speaker from office.”
“Any member from whichever political party can be elected speaker or deputy speaker, whether he or she is a member of the majority party or not. We as proud members of the ruling APC have nothing to lose from the speaker’s defection to the PDP.
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“We will therefore, continue to allow him preside for as long as he does not take any partisan steps to undermine the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari. And for the avoidance of doubt, the APC still remains the majority party on the floor of the House.
“We will rather continue to patriotically give priority to issues of national development and popular concern as against partisan issues.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the APC reacted to the alleged defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the PDP, saying the lawmaker has no political value to be considered a loss.
The party’s spokesperson, Yakubu Nabena, said: “It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP.”
The publication had reported that the speaker had quietly purchased the forms to run on the platform of the major opposition party.
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