- The governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, has reacted to Yakubu Dogara's defection to APC
- Mohammed described Dogara's reasons for returning to the ruling party as not good enough
- The former speaker staged a come back to his former party on Friday, July 24, after he defected to PDP in 2019
Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that Yakubu Dogara's return to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is out of fear of the ongoing probe of the NDDC and to cover up his misdeeds.
Recall that the former speaker of the House of Representatives who defected from PDP explained that the left the opposition to tackle Governor Mohammed's bad governance in his home state.
However, the Bauchi governor on Monday, July 27, in reaction to Dogara's statement said there was nothing patriotic about the former speakers' return to the ruling party.
In a statement via Lawal Muazu Bauchi, his special assistant on new media, Governor Mohammed said Dogara's reasons for returning to APC were not good, adding that it wasn't reasonable enough to convince any sincere heart.
"Those living in glass houses should not throw stones at others. With the current investigations going on in the National Assembly concerning the NDDC financial scandal, one may be right to say the guilty ones are afraid and the only escape route is to return to the old fold to cover up their past misdeeds,” he said.
Recall that the interim national chairman of the APC, Malla Mai Buni had on Friday, July 24, announced Dogara’s defection shortly after he led the former speaker to a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Dogara disclosed why he defected from PDP to the 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.
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 Bauchi state.
In a related development Senator Walid Jubrin, the chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP reacted to the defection of the former speaker to the ruling APC.
Jubrin said the quest for the 2023 presidential or vice-presidential ticket of the APC might have informed Dogara's decision to rejoin the ruling party.
The BoT chairman who made the disclosure in a statement he released in Abuja on Monday, July 27, added that the former speaker was being economical with words, adding that Dogara never laid complaints with the national leadership of the PDP.
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