- Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said he went back to the PDP because the party has rebranded
- Dogara who officially announced his withdrawal from the APC on the floor of the House said, the PDP now has articulated and clear programmes to rescue Nigeria
- The former APC stalwart said the ruling party has lost the confidence of his constituents by the undemocratic manner it conducts its affairs
Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has officially defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he had to go back to the party under whose platform he was elected to the House.
The Nation reports that Dogara announced his withdrawal from the APC in a letter he read on the floor on Tuesday, January 29, with two others, Edward Pwajok (Plateau) and Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi).
Legit.ng gathered that he said PDP has rebranded with an articulated and clear programmes to rescue Nigeria.
It was gathered that prior to his formal announcement, Dogara had returned to PDP and secured the House of Representative ticket to represent Bogoro/Das/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency of Bauchi state.
Citing injustice meted out to him, Dogara said: “In May 2017, I formally joined the APC consequent upon the crisis that afflicted the PDP, leading to the creation of factions, which negatively affected me.
“Subsequent to my defection, the Supreme Court declared that there was no faction in the PDP. The party has since rebranded itself in a credible and transparent manner, it has been conducting its affairs.
“However, the APC, which I joined, has lost the confidence of my constituents and indeed the people of my state by the undemocratic manner it conducts its affairs. Space will not allow me to table the misgivings of my constituents.
"Accordingly, this is to formally inform you that I have since gone back to the party under whose platform I was elected to the House, and which has articulated a clear programme to rescue Nigeria; that is the PDP.”
It was gathered that a section of the floor applauded the announcement shouting PDP.
The House adjourned sitting till after the presidential election to allow members participate in the electioneering activities.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the proposed N30,000 new national minimum wage is not enough for Nigerian workers considering current economic realities in the country.
Dogara made the statement on Monday, January 28, at the adhoc committee on the minimum wage public hearing.
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