2019: 'Only God Can Retire Us', Dogara Says After 'Constituency Assurance'
If there is anything that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has now, it is a confidence that can pull down the walls of Jericho.
He has received an assurance that he still has the support of his constituency despite talks that he might leave the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This assurance gift was presented to him on Tuesday by some persons from his constituency - Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency.
They want him to re-contest in the 2019 general elections and represent them in the House of Representatives.
He accepted the request, but told his supporters from his constituency who thronged his Abuja home on Tuesday, that he was already contemplating stepping aside, having represented the constituency for almost 12 years now.
He, however, said he was overwhelmed by the show of support and solidarity by his people who travelled from Bogoro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa local government areas in Bauchi State to Abuja to make him accept their request to run again.
"Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us.
"Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run to once again represent our constituency. I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.
"I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today I would see this mammoth crowd in my house.
"I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God to reward you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now,” he told them.
According to him, “in recent days I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I wont run again.
“Nobody can impose leadership on you. Only you our people can choose who will represent you.
“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do that is what we will do. Those who have said that they will retire us from politics I want tell them that we have just begun.
“We will continue to attract development to our area; build roads, hospitals, schools, and create opportunities for our people to thrive," he said.
Earlier, leaders of the group, Mr Murtala Miyetti Allah, Mrs Keziah Dare and Mr Bulus Bully, said they came on behalf of the people of the constituency to appeal to the speaker to seek re-election.
They said they could not afford not to have him represent them again, given the strides he had recorded in the last 12 years.
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