Some members of the House of Representatives, under the aegis of the Parliamentary Democrats Group, have chided the All Progressives Congress, APC, for suddenly realising the importance of Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House, and assuaging him not to leave the party.
The parliamentary group, which is made up of opposition lawmakers mainly from the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, after their meeting on Sunday in Abuja, described the attempts of the APC to persuade Dogara not to defect to another party as "laughable."
According to a statement by Timothy Golu, the group's spokesperson, the APC has suddenly found itself in a political doom for failing to accept the emergence of Dogara as the House Speaker and recognise his relevance to the party.
The lawmakers described as "futile" the attempts of the APC leadership to persuade Dogara to remain in the party, stating that he should be left to decide his political affiliation.
The statement partly read, “It is a futile one and a sheer waste of time. It is laughable that the APC is running cap in hand, begging the Speaker to remain in a party that has for so long failed to acknowledge his relevance and contribution to its existence…
“Nemesis has now caught up with the party as the Speaker and other men of conscience have decided to pitch their tents with a party that recognises that the collective gain of Nigerians is greater than a few primordial interests.”
It was gathered that the APC had over the weekend initiated a reconciliation meeting between Dogara and Mohammed Abubakar, the Governor of Bauchi State, to settle their political dispute in the state.