The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it is not surprised by the news of the purported defection of Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, away from the party.
The APC said this in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, its acting National Publicity Secretary, on Thursday in reaction to reports that Dogara has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
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Referring to recent a statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari that the weakest people who do not share the party's vision have since left, the APC described Dogara as a sabotage who had long undermined the progress of the federal government by his anti-party activities.
The party also branded the Speaker as a "political paperweight" who is not well versed in the political environment and has since been neglected by his political godfathers, who used him to actualise their own interest.
The statement read, "Dogara’s reported defection has not come to us as a surprise. It was only a matter of time judging by Dogara’s anti-party antics in the National Assembly where in connivance with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, he exploited all available avenues to sabotage and undermine the APC-led executive. Dogara’s anti-party activities which enabled one of the opposition Party’s sole victory in Bogoro Local Government Area (Dogara’s council) during the recent Bauchi South Senatorial bye-election won by the APC is another pointer, among several others.
"Indeed, all politics is local. As a Party, we empathise with Dogara on his confusion and despair over his bleak political future given the fact that he is not on ground and a political paperweight in his home Bauchi state. In his emergence as Speaker, Dogara was merely used by his political master to achieve their selfish political ends at the time. They have since moved on to pursue their individual political aspirations and left Dogara in the cold."
The APC further advised Dogara not to re-contest his constituency's seat in the House of Representatives under the PDP "because a crushing and humiliating defeat surely awaits him."
The party reiterated that it was going into the 2019 general elections as a "united and strong political fighting force" committed to the propagation of progressives ideologies and the implementation of the change agenda.
Newsbreak.ng recalls that Dogara was on Thursday said to have, according to several reports, purportedly defected to the PDP and picked up the party's form to re-contest for the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency seat in Bauchi State.