APC Reacts To Dogara’s ‘Defection’ To PDP
The All Progressives Congress said on Thursday that it was not disturbed by the effective defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the Peoples Democratic Party.
“We have read reports online that he has picked up PDP nomination form,” APC spokesperson Yekini Nabena told Premium Times, hours after the news broke that the speaker had quietly purchased the form to run on the platform of the major opposition party.
“It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP.”
The news came a day after Dogara assured his constituents at a rally in Abuja that he would run for a fourth House term, but he did not disclose under which party and no political party’s logo was visible on the placards unfurled by his supporters at the gathering.
Dogara did not formally announce his resignation from the APC or defection to the PDP before picking up the form, an arrangement that some political observers said Thursday morning was rather unusual for a high-profile politician of his status.
“We now have to be patient and see what exactly informed his decision to take such a high-profile move in such a low-profile manner,” said political analyst Shola Olubanjo.
Dogara has long been expected to leave the APC like scores of federal lawmakers who were locked in a bitter and prolonged political rivalry with their governors across the country.
More than 50 senators and representatives defected to opposition parties at the height of the wave in July, an exercise that proportionately benefited the PDP.
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