Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Government Areas in Bauchi state have endorsed Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara for re-election in 2019.
Addressing a press conference at Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat on Saturday, the Turaki Dass, Isiaka Suleiman said the decision to endorse Buhari and Dogara was taken after critical and in-depth performance assessment and due consultation with the people of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro.
According to him, “Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara has performed exceptionally well in delivering the dividends of democracy not only to his constituency but even beyond. Given his political antecedents, he is a man with professional sagacity, immense insight, profound intellectual acumen. He is an astute administrator paragon of peace, epitome of Justice, political icon of our time and place, great achiever and a promise deliverer”.
The forum also endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for 2019 adding “the concerned stakeholders from Dass, Tafawa Balewa, Bogoro Local Government Areas, declare our support and endorsement for Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara and His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari as our candidates for House of representatives and President of Nigeria respectively.â€
Suleiman also enumerated some achievements recorded by Dogara in the last 21/2 years as construction and fully equipped of 25 modern clinics, free health care services for 67,000 patients from Gombe, Yobe, Plateau, Kaduna and Adamawa states, monthly medical bills of over 150 people and different roads projects that transformed the landscape of their constituency.
â€œHon. Dogara, in the discharge of his constitutional responsibility as a Speaker sponsored the bill of the year for the establishment of North-East Development Commission as his region has been ravage by insurgency. The bill was meant to rehabilitate, reconstruct, recover and redevelop the North East. He made history as the first ever Speaker to step down from his seat to sponsor a bill. The bill was unanimously supported by all members.â€
The forum thereby called on all citizens of Dogaraâ€™s constituency who intend to contest for House of Representatives or President to suspend their ambition and support Dogara and Buhari re-election bids in 2019.
â€œAs our commitment to this noble struggle, in addition to canvassing for vote, we the concerned stakeholders have resolved to purchase the interest and nomination forms for Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara come 2019.
â€œWe would beg and persuade to continue, if he refuses, we would force him, if he persistently resist, we would be left with no option rather than to take legal action, for the court to compel him to accept the request. After all we are very sure that he will answer our callâ€, he said.