The All Progressives Conference (APC) has reacted to House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara’s reported defection.
Acting National Publicity Secretary Mr. Yekini Nabena said yesterday in a statement in Abuja: “We have received media requests for a reaction to the purported defection of House of Representatives Speaker Yekini Nabena
Yakubu Dogara from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to one of the opposition parties, as reported in the media.
“In reacting, a recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari aptly sums Dogara’s reported defection: “The weakest people, whose senses of expectation do not align with our vision, have exited our party.”
“Dogara’s reported defection has not come to us as a surprise. It was only a matter of time judging by Dogara’s anti-party antics in the National Assembly where in connivance with Senate President Bukola Saraki, he exploited available avenues to sabotage and undermine the APC-led executive. Dogara’s anti-party activities, which enabled one of the opposition party’s sole victory in Bogoro Local Government (Dogara’s council) during the recent Bauchi South Senatorial District by-election won by the APC, is another pointer, among several others.
“Indeed, all politics is local. As a party, we empathise with Dogara on his confusion and despair over his bleak political future, given that he is not on ground and a political paperweight in his home, Bauchi State. In his emergence as Speaker, Dogara was merely used by his political masters to achieve their selfish political ends at the time. They have since moved on to pursue their individual political aspirations and left Dogara in the cold.
“We will advise Dogara against his ill-advised decision to re-contest his House of Representatives seat on the platform of the opposition party he is linked with because a crushing and humiliating defeat surely awaits him.
“As a party, we remain united and committed to our progressives ideologies. We urge the faithful to consolidate on our strengths and collectively go into the 2019 general election as a united and strong political fighting force to sustain the change agenda we are implementing, for the benefit of Nigerians.”