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Defection: Do all you can to stop Dogara from leaving – Reps Chief Whip tells APC
Chief Whip of the House of Representatives and leader of the North-West caucus in the lower chamber, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has stated that it would be in the interest of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to have the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara in its folds.
He said this against the backdrop of speculations making the rounds in some quarters that Dogara may soon jump ship to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Thereafter, he appealed to the national leadership of the APC under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, to intervene in the Speaker’s issues with the Bauchi Sate governor, Mohammed Abubakar, saying the party cannot afford to miss Dogara from its family.
Ado – Doguwa, who is a ranking APC member from Kano State, told Punch: “I am also authoritatively aware that up till today, Dogara is a faithful member of the APC, and still ready for further negotiations on the perceived bitter relationship with his state governor.
“I, therefore, urge the national leadership of our great party to dispassionately intervene on the Speaker’s issue in Bauchi State and bring it to a logical conclusion .
“It is my candid opinion that we cannot afford to miss the Speaker from the APC family.”
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed confidence in Dogara, in spite of recent defections in the National Assembly.
Oshiomhole said he was confident that Dogara would not dump the ruling party.