By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
The Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara as an ingrate having “used the APC as a ladder to achieve greatness and later dumped it”.
The party made the accusation Tuesday while addressing newsmen through its Legal Adviser Rabiu Abubakar who claimed that the speaker quit the party for failing to secure an automatic return to the National Assembly in 2019 under its platform.
According to him, “On Thursday, 20th September, 2018, we witnessed the formal defection of Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the pretext that the former has failed to fulfill a single promise it made to the people of Bauchi State and Nigerians.
“Who in fact is the failure? The All Progressives Congress (APC) or Rt Hon. Yakubu Dogara who was sponsored and comforted by the party to achieve his present status as the number four citizen of Nigeria, but turned around to neglect the party?
Abubakar further alleged that this is not the first in his political history that the speaker would use a party to win election and dump it later, pointing out that in 2014, Dogara defected from the PDP to APC when he was allegedly denied an automatic ticket in PDP to return to the House of Representatives for the third term.
According to him, “The same episode is now repeating itself with an erroneous thought that we might have forgotten the last experience. Coincidentally, while trying to justify his 2014 defection to APC just as he is now doing, he accused PDP of failure and injustice among other reasons, what an irony!”
He said contrary to Dogara’s claims, the APC-led administration in the country had done well in areas of security, agriculture, economy, eradication of corruption, entrepreneurship development and infrastructure in the last four years.