Breaking: Ex-Speaker Dogara returns to APC
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has returned to the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former speaker who represents Tafawa Balewa-Bogoro-Dass federal constituency reportedly dumped his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following some irreconcilable differences with the Bauchi Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed.
His exit from the PDP which he joined in the build-up the last general election was announced by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Malla Buni, after the duo met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Although Dogara declined to speak after the meeting, Mai Buni told journalists that the former Speaker “is now a member of APC.”
Buni said that they were at the Presidential Villa to brief the president on the development in the rebuilding efforts of the Caretaker Committee.
“We paid a courtesy call on the President in continuation with our efforts in rebuilding the party, we are here to see Mr President and brief him on the development.”
“ Well, they (Nigerians) shouldn’t be surprised because the former Speaker is a member of the APC. He is because the reason in which he left the APC is no longer there. He is back now.”
“The President welcomed him, he is happy with the development, which is what he is looking for. We are rebuilding the party, and these are the steps we are taking towards rebuilding the party.”
The governor said his committee was making serious efforts to brings back other party members that decamped, adding that he was meeting all the aggrieved members to bring them back.
“We are meeting all our aggrieved members particularly those who have interest in coming back to the party, they should feel free to do so, we are assuring them and there is no crime in double assurance.”
He also promised to see the end of all crisis in APC in the short time and assured that the returnees would be given equal treatment and opportunity.
“We will do justice to all our members, that is what will bring peace, that is what will guarantee peaceful coexistence, that is what will guarantee the consolidation and rebuilding of the party. Without doing justice you cannot achieve that and we are sure of doing justice to all manner of our members.”