Written by David LAWANI

APC blasts Dogara over defection

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said the recent defection of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, did not come as a surprise. 

The acting national publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Yekini Nabena, in a statement said President Muhammadu Buhari's comment has confirmed the earlier rumor of the speaker's defection to another party. 

His words: "We have received several media requests for a reaction to the purported defection of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to one of the opposition political parties, as reported in the media. 

"In reacting, a recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari, aptly sums Dogara’s reported defection. ‘The weakest people whose senses of expectation do not align with our vision have exited our party.’

"Dogara’s reported defection has not come to us as a surprise. It was only a matter of time judging by Dogara’s anti-party antics in the National Assembly where in connivance with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, he exploited all available avenues to sabotage and undermine the APC-led executive.

"Dogara’s anti-party activities which enabled one of the opposition party sole victory in Bogoro Local Government Area (Dogara’s council) during the recent Bauchi South Senatorial bye-election won by the APC is another pointer, among several others.

"Indeed, all politics is local. As a party, we empathise with Dogara on his confusion and despair over his bleak political future given the fact that he is not on ground and a political paperweight in his home Bauchi state. In his emergence as Speaker, Dogara was merely used by his political master to achieve their selfish political ends at the time. They have since moved on to pursue their individual political aspirations and left Dogara in the cold". 

He stated further; "Mr. Speaker is advised in his own interest not to contest as he will be humiliated and suffers defeat during the 2019 general election."  

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