By Mahmoud Dogara (Bauchi Correspondent)
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has explained why he returned to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) two years after he ditched the party for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
Dogara revealed that he decided to dump the PDP over its failure of governance, financial impropriety, among others, in his home state of Bauchi, which is currently ruled by the PDP.
In a letter he addressed to the Chairman of the Borogo Ward 'C' chapter of the Bauchi State PDP, Dogara listed his grievances with the Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Mohammed and the state PDP in the state
The former Speaker noted that it would be viewed as anti-party behavior and disloyalty to the party if criticises the poor governance in the state while still remaining in the PDP, hence his decision to quit for the APC.
Dogara who was known to be openly against the APC and always undermined President Muhammadu Buhari's government while as APC member, also pointed out that it was his responsibility to say the truth to authorities in Bauchi State, as he had done to previous administrations of former Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar. Without that, he said, he would have become an irresponsible and unprincipled politician.
The lawmaker was one of those who defected from the APC to PDP in 2018.
Dogara's defection to the APC was announced on Friday by the APC of Caretaker/Convention Planning Committee and Yobe State governor, Mallam Mai Buni, when he led Dogara to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at the weekend.
The full text of Hon Dogara's letter is as follows:
People’s Democratic Party,
Bogoro ‘C’ Ward,
LETTER OF RESIGNATION OF MY MEMBERSHIP OF THE PDP
The above subject matter refers.
I write to intimate you of my decision to resign my membership of the People’s 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 mobilization 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 leveled 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. NNL.