Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the National House of Representatives, has reportedly dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to reports, Dogara secretly picked the PDP Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms for the 2019 election.
An undisclosed source at the PDP National Working Committee allegedly told Punch that the Speaker had picked the forms.
“Yes, he had picked our forms, but don’t quote me, he has joined us,” the source said last night (as seen on Punch).
Dogara has however not officially declared his intention to leave the APC, but the ruling party has already reacted to the speculation, saying that the Speaker has no political value.
“We have read your report online that he has picked up PDP nomination form,” APC spokesperson Yakubu Nabena told Premium Times Newspaper on Thursday morning.
“It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP,” Nabena added.
The Speaker has long been expected to dump the ruling party following the defection of about 37 APC members in the House of Representatives, and also the defection of the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
Dogara has been having issues with the Governor of Bauchi State, his home state, Mohammed Abubakar.
Unlike Dogara’s alleged defection, the APC was evidently angered by Saraki’s defection as the party threatened to impeachment him from his position as the number 3 man in the country.
This time around, the APC said that it would not waste energy on Dogara because he is not relevant.
“He is not a loss to us. Even if we give him the ticket he would lose on ground. He is not even on ground in the first place,” Mr. Nabena stated, adding that “those kinds of people we call them Abuja politicians.”
“He is not a problem as far as I am concerned. Yakubu Dogara has no electoral value in the APC,” he noted.
If this latest development is true, the Speaker would probably announce his defection to his colleagues in the House of Representatives when the National Assembly resumes.