APC Moves To Reconcile Bauchi Governor, Dogara
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the All Progressives Congress has initiated moves to reconcile Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the state governor, Mohammed Abubakar.
Both have been at war since Dogara became the Speaker.
Dogara represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa federal constituency of Bauchi State.
Abubakar was said to have directed lawmakers from the state to support the candidates of the party in the House of Representatives elections for principal officers.
The party had tipped Femi Gbajabiamila, currently the majority leader of the house, for the Speakership position but Dogara refused to step down.
He contested the election, where he defeated the party’s candidate by eight votes.
Dogara, however, said his grouse with Abubakar was because of inability of the administration to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
Efforts to reconcile the duo in the past have failed.
The national headquarters of party had last year intervened through a high powered Committee led by the Minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngige consisting of four former State governors which interacted with both men and ruled they must tow the line of peace.
However, the committee was only able to achieve technical reconciliation as the two leaders have refused to sheathe their swords.
Now, the party has already begun the process of physical reconciliation.
Bauchi State APC Legal adviser, Barrister Lawal Ibrahim, said the latest reconciliation effort is in the interest of the APC and the people of Bauchi State.
Lawal, who is also the State Chapter Chairman of a special Committee set up to investigate the spate of blames and counter accusations, said that the Committee is not focusing on who is to blame.
He said that the committee's target is to the party united and the people focused on development.
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