- It seems a statement Yakubu Dogara, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, made has not yet come to pass
- The former speaker back in 2018 defected to the PDP in the heat of a misunderstanding with the then Bauchi state governor
- Dogara had said that his dream of making the country better will be realised in the PDP
The defection of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressives Congress (APC) has generated a lot of reactions.
Nigeria's former number four man took the bold move three weeks after he was appointed chairman of the panel screening aspirants for the PDP governorship primary in Ondo state.
Prior to his defection from the APC Dogara had said he left the ruling party for PDP where his “dream of making Nigeria better could be realised”, adding that the party had failed Nigerians.
Dogara who had disclosed this when he picked up the PDP nomination and expression of interests forms, on September 28, 2018, also noted that the rejoined the opposition party because of pressures from his constituents.
The former speaker lamented how APC’s agenda of bringing positive change was blocked by the “wayward sense of entitlement of some people.”
It would be recalled that Dogara in the middle of a heated misunderstanding with the then Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar, defected from the APC to the PDP.
Abubakar who was the governor of where Dogara hails from had vowed to retire the former speaker from politics.
Though Mohammed lost his election while Dogara was releected to represent his constituency in the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, the APC has reacted to the eventual return of the former speaker to its fold. The ruling party's national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said that Dogara's defection is a source of joy to the APC.
In a statement signed by Nabena, the APC categorically said: “We are particularly gladdened by the return of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to the APC."
The party, however, noted that it is not oblivious of the fact that it will meet obstacles in its bid to achieve for fellow citizens the Nigeria of their dreams under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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