‘Dogara’s Defection Shows APC Has Collapsed’ …As Reps Speaker Picks PDP Nomination Form

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (2nd right), inspecting ongoing construction of the Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt, recently. With him are a member of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Major Jack (right) and others.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the defection of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara to its fold will mark the collapse of the All Progressives Congress ahead of the 2019 election.
PDP also said the defection was timely, in the right direction and perhaps a national rebirth.
Bauchi State PDP Publicity Secretary, Yayanuwa Zainabari, in an exclusive interview with newsmen, yesterday in Bauchi said Dogara’s informed decision to dump the ruling party justified that PDP is taking over from APC come 2019.
“The defection of Dogara back to the PDP is an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari was packing out of the Villa because the Speaker remains the only influential politician whose popularity has a negative tendency on Abubakar even as governor,” Zainabari claimed.
He regretted that lack of internal democracy, injustice and impunity forced Dogara to dump the APC he suffered to build, assuring the Speaker of equal treatment.
“Nigerians are currently jubilating over Dogara’s defection to PDP which is intended to rejuvenate the nation from APC’s jaw of hunger, poverty and insecurity,” said the PDP spokesman.
However, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara is set to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party.
A source disclosed this to newsmen, last Wednesday night.
This is as his Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro constituents have picked the nomination form for the Speaker to re-contest for the seat during the 2019 election under the PDP
The decision, according Dogara’s aide, who did not want his name mentioned, followed exhaustive consultation among the constituents, especially bordering on the political feud between the Speaker and Governor Abubakar.
“Yes, I am telling you in confidence. Dogara is defecting to PDP in few hours, because already, the constituents have picked PDP nomination form on his behalf.
“We are waiting for him to sign after which his supporters will accompany him to submit it at the PDP national headquarters this night,” said the aide.
He stressed that Dogara had during a meeting with the constituents said his decision to dump APC followed the crisis in the party, an aftermath of its congresses.
The aide explained that the Speaker had lamented that the APC ignored his genuine complaint before it, which he added was targeted to frustrate the entire constituents for effective development.
A member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said 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.
Dogara had two days ago expressed his desire to return to the National Assembly in 2019 when members of his constituents visited him in Abuja.
However, he refused to state the political party that he would use to facilitate his ambition.
The Speaker had been having running battles with the leadership of the APC in both his State, Bauchi and at the national level.
Just like the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, who had defected to the PDP from the APC, Dogara had also been absent from the activities of the ruling party.
Our correspondent gathered that the decision by Dogara was necessitated by the fear that his party no longer had faith in him.
With this decision, it is expected that he would announce his defection to his colleagues in the House when the National Assembly resumes after the political parties’ primaries.