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Why I dump PDP for APC – Dogara

Former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Sunday, revealed reasons why he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Dogara said he dumped the PDP as a result of failure of the Governor of his home state, Bauchi, to live up to the promises made before he was elected.

It would be recalled that Dogara formally announced his return to APC, the party he left in 2019 to the PDP last Friday. But refused to address the press on Friday.

The lawmaker had supported the emergence of former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bala, as the elected governor of Bauchi in the 2019 general election.

Bala replaced Mohammed Abubakar of APC who failed to get a second term.

But in a letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP dated July 24, 2020, Dogara said Governor Bala has not lived up to expectations over a year after he was elected.

He noted that he cannot successfully ask questions about the issues related to mis governance without being accused of disloyalty if he were to remain in the PDP, hence his decision to leave the party.

The Speaker also argued that he will be abdicating his responsibility of telling the truth to power in Bauchi State, having done same under the administrations of former Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar if he had remained in PDP.

See the letter below:

24/07/2020
The Chairman
Peoples Democratic Party,
Bogoro ‘C’ Ward,
Bogoro LGA,
Bauchi State.

LETTER OF RESIGNATION OF MY MEMBERSHIP OF THE PDP

Above subject matter refers.
I write to intimate you of my decision to resign my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

This became necessary because the same reasons why we fought hard in 2019 to effect changes in the Governance of our dear state are festering now.

I intend to bring these issues to the front burners once again as the fight to install decent and egalitarian government in our dear state continues.

Specifically, I intend to ask questions about the following:

a. What has happened to LGA allocations since May 2019?

b. What happened to our campaign promise to conduct LGA elections within six months of the PDP government?

c. What happened to the N4.6 billion loan taken from a bank and paid directly into a private company’s account?

d. Why are we segmenting salaries and why is payment of salaries of state workers outsourced to a private firm as consultants?

e. Why are contracts inflated, awarded and payment of mobilisation done in violation of extant rules on procurement?

f. Why are our highly revered Traditional Rulers and Elders treated with odium contrary to the guarantee we gave during the campaign that such will not happen under a PDP government?

Mr. Chairman, you will agree with me that I cannot raise these issues and many more questions without a charge of disloyalty levelled against me if I were to remain a member of the PDP.

I cannot also fail to raise these questions now, having raised similar ones during the administrations of Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed A. Abubakar. If I abdicate this responsibility on the altar of partisan loyalty, I will be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in Bauchi State.

Thus, by this letter, I have resigned my membership of the PDP to enable me keep faith with my principle of fighting for good governance in our Dear State.

Thank you for your kind considerations.
Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara

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