Reactions continue to trial the defection of former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to All Progressives Congress APC in Bauchi State.
In line with this development, Alhaji Hamza Koshe Akuyam, Bauchi State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said the PDP sheltered Dogara and gave him opportunities to nominate commissioners in Bauchi State as reward to his contributions in the 2019 general elections.
Alhaji Koshe Akuyam in telephone interview, Friday told WikkiTimes that “He (Dogara) has been part of the administration; he nominated commissioners and other political appointees serving in this administration.”
Alhaji Akuyam maintained that there is no iota of internal political imbroglio that forced Dogara out of the fold of the PDP.
“I am not aware of anything like sidelining of Yakubu Dogara,” AkuyAm expatiate.
Barr Dogara, according to Akuyam, is still a card carrying member of the PDP because he has not officially notified the party about his impending intention to dum the party for another.
“We heard it and taking it as one of the stories of the social media; I am not denying nor confirming it. “But as a party, we have not received any notice from him. Until he does that, he remains our member”, Akuyam maintains.
As soon as we received his notice of leaving, then we will talk. For now, I will not say more than that.
Alhaji Akuyam opined that when Dogara first dumped the APC for PDP because of internal crisis rocking the party at that time, he publicised his defection.
However, Salisu Zakari, close political associate of Dogara, remarked his boss has not officially decamped to the APC. Dogara is bolt enough to announce his exit if at all he finalise all the processes needed to do so.
“He has not officially decamped to the APC, in his capacity, he will announce his political movement anytime,” Slisu said.
Zakari confirmed submissions of the Bauchi State PDP Chairman saying “but for now, I can tell you that he has not officially returned to the APC.”
But Zakari affirms that the APC has been staging clandestine moves to lure Dogara back to the party.
“There are moves to get him back to the APC but it has not been wrapped up yet.”
Zakari said Dogara is expected to visit President Muhammad Buhari when he returns from Mali. But this does not “mean that he has returned.”
On its part, Bauchi State Chapter of the APC through its PRO, Adamu Jalla Gamawa said “we were in celebration mode. “We have caught a big fish out of the stormy water of the PDP administration in Bauchi. The chic has indeed come back to roost”.
APC said Dogara’s return to the party will help it regain its lost glory.
“We have learnt our lessons and have made the necessary corrections that will make us win future elections in the state.”