DEFECTION: Dogara Loses House Of Reps Seat

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A Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, sacked former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, from the Green Chambers and declared his seat vacant.

Dogara, who represents Bogoro/Dass Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, was the Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2015 and 2019.

The Presiding Judge, Justice D.U. Okorowo, ruled that Dogara’s defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) on July 24, 2020, after his re – election in 2019, was wrong and as such he should vacate the legislative seat.

His strained relationship with his state Governor, Bala Mohammed, was one of the major reasons he ditched the PDP, which he joined less than five years ago.

Dogara had earlier in 2018 dumped APC for the main opposition party PDP, after having political confrontation for about two years with the then Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar.

In a letter of resignation addressed to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP dated July 24, 2020, Mr Dogara cited a breakdown of governance in his native state of Bauchi under the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed, whom he claimed he helped to install as  Governor in 2019.

The former Speaker said he could not successfully ask questions about issues bothering the state without being accused of disloyalty if he were to remain in the PDP.

He argued that if he abdicated this responsibility of telling the truth to power in Bauchi State, just as he did under the administrations of former Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed Abubakar, he would be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in Bauchi state.

Dogara was elected speaker on the platform of APC in 2015, but decamped, alongside dozens of other lawmakers, to the PDP in the build – up to the 2019 general election, which he won, but did not contest the Speaker’s position because APC won majority of seats in the parliament.

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