Defection: Bauchi PDP leader accuses Dogara of ‘Political Indiscipline’
Irked by last week’s defection of the former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Bauchi State, Bibi Dogo has accused the lawmaker of political indiscipline.
Dogo therefore asked the leadership of the House of Representatives to immediately declare the lawmaker’s seat vacant following his defection from a party that is not in crisis as provided in the constitution.
In a statement issued Monday in Bauchi, the party leader said Dogara who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa representative crossed to left the PDP ‘without any cogent reason’.
he said the people of his constituency who elected him under the platform of PDP are not happy with the defection.
“There is no convincing reason why he defected to APC. He didn’t even consult his people before his defection. I hereby call on the Reps leadership to quickly declare Dogara’s seat vacant to enable his constituents to elect a capable replacement,” he said.
He added that people of his constituency would set machinery in motion for Dogara’s recall and that the process would soon commence in earnest because people will not condone ‘political indiscipline’. Dogo expressed disbelief that the reasons given by Dogara in the letter sent to his ward chairman were real.
“They are nothing but flimsy excuses because the alleged mismanaged money is 3.6 billion naira and not 4.6 billion naira. Furthermore, the contract was awarded for the purchase of vehicles which Dogara is a beneficiary of, and it was Covid-19 that delayed the local government elections. Presently, a date has been fixed by the Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission which will be conducted in October. And do I need to mention that everybody knows that the governor who comes from a royal family has great respect for our traditional institution?
“His jumping from party to party smacks off political indiscipline. Unfortunately, he lacks the political discipline to still be trusted with any public office. How can you trust a man whose only political antecedent is jumping from one party to another?” he queried.