- The APC says Speaker Yakubu Dogara has no political value, and his alleged defection is not a surprise
- Dogara did not formally announce his resignation from the ruling party or defection to the PDP before picking up his nomination and expression of interest forms
- The APC referred to the speaker as an ‘Abuja politician’, and said he would lose, even if given the party’s ticket
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the alleged defection of Speaker Yakubu Dogara to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); saying that the lawmaker has no political value to be considered a loss.
In an interview with Premium Times on Thursday morning, September 13, the party’s spokesperson, Yakubu Nabena, said: “It is not a surprise to us, we already know that he has been working with the PDP.”
NAIJ.com notes that the publication had reported that the speaker had quietly purchased the forms to run on the platform of the major opposition party.
The development came just a day after the speaker assured his constituents, at a rally, that he would run for a fourth House term. However, Dogara did not disclose which party’s platform he would run on, and no political party’s logo was visible on the placards unfurled by his supporters at the gathering.
He also did not formally announce his resignation from the ruling party or defection to the PDP before picking up the form.
Nabena added that the APC would not expend much energy on the issue because it might not be worth it.
He said: “He is not a loss to us. Even if we give him the ticket, he would lose on ground. He is not even on ground in the first place. Those kinds of people, we call them Abuja politicians. He is not a problem as far as I am concerned. Yakubu Dogara has no electoral value in the APC.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, picked up the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nomination form.
Dogara reportedly picked up the form on Wednesday, September 12.
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