“I Am Leaving APC For The Party Under Which Platform I Was Elected To The House’’ – Yakubu Dogara Explains
Nigeria’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has revealed what made him leave the party.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives on Tuesday officially defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying he had to go back to the party under whose platform he was elected to the House.
Dogara announced his withdrawal from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a letter he read on the floor on yesterday with two others, Edward Pwajok (Plateau) and Ahmed Yerima (Bauchi) saying PDP has rebranded with an articulated clear programme to rescue Nigeria.
Prior to his formal announcement, Dogara had returned to PDP and secured the House of Representative ticket to represent Bogoro/Das/Tafawa Balewa Federal constituency of Bauchi state.
Citing injustice meted out to him, Dogara said: “In May 2017 I formally joined the APC consequent upon the crisis that afflicted the PDP, leading to the creation of factions which negatively affected me.
“Subsequent to my defection, the Supreme Court declared that there was no faction in the PDP.
“The party has since rebranded itself in a credible and transparent manner it has been conducting its affairs.
“However, the APC which I joined has lost the confidence of my constituents and indeed the people of my State by the undemocratic manner it conducts its affairs.
“Space will not allow me to table the misgivings of my constituents and I have in the APC. Accordingly, this is to formally inform you that I have since gone back to the party under whose platform I was elected to the House, and which has articulated a clear programme to rescue Nigeria, that is the PDP”.
A section of the floor applauded the announcement shouting PDP.
The House adjourned sitting till after the Presidential election, 19th February, 2019 to allow members participate in the electioneering activities.