- The APC has discredited reports about a purported 2023 presidential ticket of Bola Tinubu and Yakubu Dogara
- The chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, has faulted the report
- Buni said the current focus of the party is how to foster unity among its members
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the purported 2023 presidential ticket of a former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu, and former speaker, Yakubu Dogara as mere rumour.
The chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, made the statement during an interview with the BBC Hausa service on Thursday, July 30.
According to Vanguard, Buni who is also the Yobe state governor explained that the purported Tinubu/Dogara presidential ticket was mere hearsay which usually occurs in a democracy.
He said the current focus of the party is how to foster unity among its members and not the 2023 presidential election.
“You know you can’t stop people from talking. In fact, rumour strives in a democracy. That is not even our concern for now. Our concern is to further unite the party,” he was quoted saying.
The governor expressed the confidence that the APC will get a landslide victory in the coming Edo state governorship election.
Meanwhile, a report has emerged of possible looming massive defection in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as Yakubu Dogara has reportedly led some members to meet Buni, the chairman of the APC caretaker committee.
The Nation reported Dogara who recently returned to the APC, led some of his colleagues to meet Buni who also doubles as the Governor of Yobe state for possible defection talks.
Legit.ng gathered that Governor Buni who met with the delegation at his home in Abuja said the doors of the APC were open to more progressive-minded leaders.
In another report, Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed, has said that Yakubu Dogara's return to the APC is out of fear of the ongoing probe of the NDDC and to cover up his misdeeds.
The former speaker of the House of Representatives who defected from the PDP explained that he 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 the APC were not good, adding that it wasn't reasonable enough to convince any sincere heart.