- A group, CUPP, has revealed why the former speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, rejoined APC
- Dogara and the governor of Yobe state, Malla Buni, had on Friday, July 24, visited President Buhari to seal the ex-speaker's defection plan
- The group, however, alleged that Dogara's defection is a grand plan for Tinubu to actualise his presidential ambition in 2023
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Former speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara's sudden defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday, July 24, took many Nigerians by surprise.
But a report by Daily Independent indicates that Dogara's defection to APC may not be unconnected to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war and 2023 presidential election.
Legit.ng reported that the chairman of APC caretaker/convention planning committee and Governor of Yobe state, Mai Malla Buni, disclosed that Dogara had rejoined APC after they met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Former speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the governor of Yobe state Mai Malla Buni meet President Buhari at Aso Villa. Credit: Facebook/Femi Adesina.
The newspaper noted that shortly after Dogara's defection, a source said that his exit from the PDP is not unconnected to the activities of anti-graft agencies, probing some past and present political holders.
The source was quoted to have added that Dogara may have panicked and dumped the PDP to avoid unforeseen circumstances.
Reacting to this development, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), said that APC may have lured Dogara into APC, using the propaganda of northern Christian VP to Tinubu.
CUPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said: “I hope they have not used the propaganda of northern Christian VP to Tinubu to lure my very good friend to the APC party that might not survive the upcoming intraparty 2023 crisis.
“PDP governor of Bauchi treated Dogara bad and sidelined him despite the game-changer vote from Dogaras Tafa Balewa federal constituency but joining the fractured APC with a weak leader, who is already losing respect among his party men may hang his political survival in the balance. We will be watching how all these play out.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Basir Ahmad, the personal assistant on new media to the President Muhammadu Buhari, said Dogara did anything wrong for detecting from PDP to APC.
In another report, the APC described Dogara's defection as a source of joy to the ruling party. The party, however, noted that it was not oblivious of the fact that it would meet obstacles in its bid to achieve for fellow citizens the Nigeria of their dreams under the leadership of President Buhari.
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