Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said on Thursday that he dumped President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because the ruling party failed Nigerians.
Dogara said APC failed to “keep to promises it made to Nigerians”, adding that he and his associates were also “treated as strangers” within the APC.
Dogara made the comments after he submitted his nomination forms at the PDP secretariat in Abuja, according to local newspaper, Daily Trust.
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The report quoted him as saying that he rejoined the PDP because of pressures from his constituents but also because APC’s initial agenda of bringing positive change to Nigeria was thwarted by “wayward sense of entitlement of some people.”
Dogara denied he left APC to secure a return ticket for the 2019 general elections, insisting that his real motives are to make Nigeria better.
“For some of us who are here, today’s event marks the end of all speculations. To begin with, I was a founding member of the PDP, which some of you don’t know. So, this is home to me.
“I was also one of those that built APC in Bauchi state, and I can tell you that we have not fulfilled a single promise that we made. At the national level, we all know what is happening,” the Speaker was quoted as saying.
He dared those who “have boasted of retiring me from politics” to meet him on the election ground at Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.
“I am here with the nomination form. For those who said they will retire me from politics, I am waiting for them at Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa,” he said.