- The defection of Dogara from the PDP to the APC is reportedly causing tension in the leadership structure of the House of Reps
- Dogara's defection was reportedly well planned to achieve some certain political motives
- The speaker of the House, Gbajabiamila, was reportedly unaware of the defection of his predecessor until it was in the news
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The recent return of Yakubu Dogara to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is reportedly unsettling the leadership of the House of Representatives.
A report by Nigerian Tribune states that the defection of the former speaker from the PDP is "creating fresh tension around power equation in the lower chamber".
The newspaper states that Dogara's defection was well planned to achieve some certain political motives.
An anonymous source was cited to have said the speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was not aware of Dogara's defection.
"Something is going on in the House (Representatives). Imagine the speaker not knowing anything about someone like Dogara, his immediate predecessor, returning back to their party and just hearing about it like everyone.
"Imagine the caretaker chairman of the party taking Dogara straight to the president without Gbajabiamila being there, or informed," the source said.
The unnamed source also added that the speculation that Dogara returned to the APC to fight for vice presidential slot in 2023 was just put up to conceal the main motive.
Nigerian Tribune also states that two governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are in defection talks with the APC.
One of the two governors is Samuel Ortom of Benue state. The other's name was not disclosed.
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However, in an earlier report by Legit.ng, Governor Ortom stated that he has no plan to defect from the PDP to the APC or any other political party.
The clarification was made on behalf of the governor by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.
Akase said the clarification became necessary owing to a recent statement credited to the Benue state chairman of APC, Comrade Abba Yaro.
Yaro had stated that Governor Ortom will soon be returning to the APC.
Akase said: “It is pertinent to state categorically that Governor Ortom is not contemplating leaving PDP for whatever reason.
“The governor believes that the political, economic and security challenges currently facing the country cannot merely be solved by people decamping from one political party to another.
“He says what is most important at this point is for Nigerians of all walks of life to join hands and surmount the challenges confronting the nation.
“Governor Ortom is comfortably leading the PDP in Benue state to achieve development milestones for the people and he remains focused on the mandate of providing good governance to all parts of the state.”
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