- Dogara has announced his decision to seek re-election to the House of Reps
- The speaker of the House of Reps said that he was almost tired but because of his constituents’ pleas, he has decided to recontest
- He, however, did not indicate if he will run on the platform of the APC or defect to another party
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has announced that he will seek re-election into the House of Representatives in 2019.
Dogara’s announcement was contained in a statement sent by his spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, to Premium Times.
Hassan, however, did not say if Dogara will run on the platform of his current party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) or if he will defect to another party as widely expected.
Read the statement below:
“The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has accepted a request by some of his constituents to re-contest for the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency seat of the House of Representatives.
“Addressing hundreds of his constituents who thronged his Abuja home on Tuesday (September 11) afternoon, the speaker said 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 impress on him 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,” he said.
“The speaker added: ‘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 will reward you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired, having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.
“But in recent days, I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t 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 to 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.”
The statement added that the leaders of the group, Murtala Miyetti Allah, Keziah Dare and Bulus Bully, said they came on behalf of the people of their 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 giant strides he has achieved in the last 12 years,” the statement added.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Dogara had allegedly withdrawn plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the 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.
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