REVEALED! Six Reasons Dogara Dumped PDP
The immediate past speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has explained why he dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after about 20 months of defecting to the main opposition party.
Dogara’s explanation was contained in the letter of resignation he wrote to the chairman of his Bogoro ‘C’ ward in Bogoro LGA, Bauchi State, on Friday.
Dogara had left the APC for the PDP in September 2018, ahead of the general elections in 2019.
According to the former speaker, the lack of good governance in Bauchi which prompted him to leave the APC during the previous administration of governor Mohammed A. Abubakar, was now evident in the present administration of Governor Bala Mohammed of the PDP, whom he “helped install”.
Dogara gave six areas where Governor Mohammed had allegedly failed in his one year in office and which prompted his exit from the PDP to the APC.
He said his resignation from the PDP, “became necessary because the same reasons why we fought hard in 2019 to effect changes in the Governance of our dear state are festering now.”
Dogara further wrote: “I intend to bring these issues to the front burners once again as the fight to install decent and egalitarian government in our dear state continues. Specifically, I intend to ask questions about the following:
“a) What has happened to LGA allocations since May 2019?
“b) What happened to our campaign promise to conduct LGA elections within six months of the PDP government?
“c) What happened to the N4.6 billion loan taken from a bank and paid directly into a private company’s account?
“d) Why are we segmenting salaries and why is payment of salaries of state workers outsourced to a private firm as consultants?
“e) Why are contracts inflated, awarded and payment of mobilisation done in violation of extant rules on procurement?
“f) Why are our highly revered Traditional Rulers and Elders treated with odium contrary to the guarantee we gave during the campaign that such will not happen under a PDP government?.”
The former speaker added that, “Mr Chairman, you will agree with me that I cannot raise these issues and many more questions without a charge of disloyalty levelled against me if I were to remain a member of the PDP.
“I cannot also fail to raise these questions now, having raised similar ones during the administrations of Governors Isa Yuguda and Mohammed A. Abubakar. If I abdicate this responsibility on the altar of partisan loyalty, I will be the most irresponsible and unprincipled politician in Bauchi State. Thus, by this letter, I have resigned my membership of the PDP to enable me keep faith with my principle of fighting for good governance in our Dear State.”