- The chairman of the APC in Bauchi south, Murtala Dan Maliki, says the outcome of the Bauchi by-election shows that the speaker, Yakubu Dogara, has lost touch with his constituency
- He says the APC won in Dass and Tafawa Balewa, two of the three local government areas represented by the speaker in the by-election
- Dogara reportedly withdraws plans to defect to PDP
The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi south, Murtala Dan Maliki, has said the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has lost touch with his constituency.
Maliki, speaking on the outcome of the recently concluded by-election said the outcome of the Bauchi south senatorial district by-election showed that Dogara would have suffered defeat if the poll was the general elections to elect members of the National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
The APC chieftain said the party won in Dass and Tafawa Balewa, two of the three local government areas represented by the speaker in the by-election.
Maliki stated that though Dogara had not officially announced his defection to the PDP, he alleged that the speaker worked for the opposition party in the by-election.
“He was in Bogoro for the election and the PDP won there. The APC won in the other two local governments in his constituency. If he is still with the APC, the party would have won in Bogoro," the APC chieftain said.
“In fact, not only in Bogoro, even in Tafawa Balewa, the PDP won in places dominated by his loyalists.
“However, what I believe is thatý he has left the APC, but people in his constituency are still with the party and they will vote for it anytime, and I want ýto tell you that if it were general elections and he stands against the APC, he will be defeated."
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Meanwhile the speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has reportedly withdrawn plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to The Punch, Dogara was advised not to make the move due to the numerical disadvantage of the PDP in the House.
It was also reported that Dogara has plans to return as speaker in 2019 and to do so, he must be a member of the party that wins the most seat. The APC still controls the majority today with about 186 members as against PDP’s 162.
A source close the Speaker reportedly said: “In 2019, no one is sure how things will pan out." Dogara has less problems to contend with as a speaker today because he is still with the APC.
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