APC Governors Search for New National Chairman Extends to Former Speaker Dogara

APC Governors Search for New National Chairman Extends to Former Speaker Dogara

  • Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara may be a late entrant into the APC national chairmanship race
  • A report has detailed how some APC governors are rooting for Dogara to be the party's next national chairman
  • Dogara, 54, served as the 14th Speaker of the House of Reps while representing Bauchi federal constituency - Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa

FCT, Abuja - A report by The Nation newspaper indicates that some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors have extended their search for a new national chairman to a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara.

According to the report, the Dogara for chairman project unfolded on Thursday night, February 17.

former Speaker Dogara
Former Speaker Dogara is yet to publicly speak on the APC national convention. Photo credit: @HouseNGR
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Some of those pushing the Dogara agenda, it was gathered, want the APC presidential ticket to go to the north-central in 2023 general elections instead of the chairmanship.

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It was gathered that some other pro-Dogara supporters are determined to frustrate some chairmanship aspirants from the north-central to achieve their aim.

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Authoritative party sources confirmed that some governors had extended their search for a new national chairman to Dogara.

A highly-placed source quoted in the report said:

“A governor from north-central and some CECPC members have suddenly come up with the Dogara card for the national chairman.
“They are opting for the northeast in order to disrupt the previous permutations and consensus for north-central.
“Some of those behind Dogara agitation are doing so as part of calculations for the 2023 presidential election.
“They said they prefer presidency for north-central to the office of national chairman. We are all looking forward to the president's direction. We don’t know whether or not he will support the postponement of the national convention.”

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APC forum to Buhari: Anoint credible chairmanship aspirant from north-central

In a related development, a group known as the Concerned APC Members Forum has written a letter asking President Buhari to anoint a credible national chairmanship aspirant ahead of the APC national convention.

The group asked the president to choose among those aspiring from the north-central ahead of the convention.

The forum in a letter dated Friday, February 11, and addressed to the president also advised Buhari to look into the records of the various individuals aspiring to lead the party.

Group warns APC members not to elect EFCC-indicted ex-governors as chairman

On its part, the South-South Emerging Leaders' Forum has warned members of the APC not to elect some former governors and individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.

In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, January 19, the national coordinator of the group, Barrister Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies' offices to explain their dealings in the past.

Barrister Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing a former governor as national chairman.

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