- A legal battle is brewing following the resignation of a former speaker, Yakubu Dogara from the PDP to join the All APC
- The Bauchi state chapter of the PDP has asked Gbajabiamila to declare Dogara’s seat vacant in accordance with the provisions of the constitution
- The party said Gbajabiamila has seven days to comply with its demands
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A legal battle is brewing following the resignation of a former speaker of House Representative, Yakubu Dogara from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressive Congress (APC).
His former party has reportedly asked the current speaker of the House Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila to declare Dogara’s vacant for defecting to the APC, Daily Trust reported.
The Bauchi state chapter of the PDP in a letter to Gbajabiamila said the seat of Dogara, who represents Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro federal constituency in Bauchi state, should be declared vacant in accordance with the section 68 (1) (g) and (2) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
Another newspaper, The Tribune, which also reported the incident, said the letter which was signed by the legal representatives of the PDP, stated that legal action against Gbajabiamila would be instituted in a competent court of law if he does not declare Dogara’s set vacant within seven days after receiving the letter.
Meanwhile, constituents of Yakubu Dogara, a former speaker of the House of Representatives, have pledged their support for Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi.
The constituents, led by PDP leaders on Tuesday, July 28, declared that despite Dogara's defection to the APC, they will remain loyal to the governor both now and in future elections.
The PDP supporters are from communities of Dass, Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency.
The development is contained in a statement released by the governor's special assistant on new media, Lawal Muazu.
In other news, the recent return of Yakubu Dogara to the 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 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.
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