The Speaker of the National House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara has been presented with the PDP nomination for to re-contest in 2019. This may finally put to rest, speculations about whether he would defect from the APC.
Since early August when several members of the Senate and the House of Representatives defected from the APC to PDP, there have been expectations that Dogara would follow others like Bukola Saraki and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
On September 11, 2018, members of Dogara’s consistuency; Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi state visited him and asked him to re-contest, and he accepted.
Talking about the visit, Dogara said:
“Representing the people of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency has been a great honour and today, I saw many people who began this journey with me in 2007. The voice of the people is the voice of God; even though I had been considering not running this time around, now that my people have called upon me to do so, I feel compelled to heed their call. To those who have said that they will retire us from active politics, it is imperative to know that all power belongs to God and it is up to the electorate to decide, not them. The people have always spoken through the ballot and 2019 won’t be any different.”
Two days later on September 13, Dogara picked up the PDP nomination form to re-contest.
On the event, Dogara said:
“Earlier today, I was presented with the PDP
@HouseNGR nomination form by my constituents. They urged me to relinquish membership of the ruling APC & stated reasons such as the blatant injustice and outright disregard for democratic principles being perpetrated within the party.
That there have been infractions isn’t news, but what I have kept from the public – until this moment – is that even while reconciliation efforts were on, I was told to beg for a ticket if I wished to return to the House of Representatives.
Representing my people has been an honour & no one should have to suffer the indignity of begging before being allowed to exercise a constitutional right.
I had even considered stepping aside as I’ve held this position for close to 12 years but as my constituents have asked that I seek re-election, then I must heed their call.
I feel deeply honoured by this kind gesture; however, I will not fill this form until I have consulted with those supporters who remain in APC. I thank my people for their unwavering support so far, and remain unshaken in my belief that all power belongs to God.
As I clock 50, what is uppermost to me, really, is not longevity, I want to see how well I have invested the 50 years that God has given me. You know, when you are alive, you can choose to invest in yourself, or in others. I think honour is when you serve others.”