There are strong indications that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, may dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) this week.
Guardian Nigeria is reporting that the speaker, who has allegedly been sidelined from the affairs of the party in his home Bauchi State due to a disagreement with Governor Mohammed Abubakar, is billed to formerly announce his defection at his Bogoro/ Dass/Tafawa Balewa federal constituency this week.
The news outlet further revealed that Dogara, who was absent at a parley by the APC House caucus with the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) recently, delayed his planned defection from the party last week (Tuesday) when some of his colleagues decamped to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ortom’s resignation comes at a time when fifteen senators of the ruling party announced their defection to the opposition party.
In the same vein on Tuesday, a total of 37 members of the House of Representatives defected from Nigeria’s ruling party.
But to further strengthen this speculation, it is believed that a group of concerned members of the House of Representatives under the auspices of Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG), has already lauded the decision by Dogara to dump the APC.
Speaking after an emergency meeting on Sunday, Spokesman of the group, Mr. Timothy Simon Golu, described as “futile and a sheer waste of time” the desperate attempts by the APC to stop Dogara from going ahead with the decision to dump the ruling party for the opposition party.
Golu, who also doubles as the chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, said:
“It is laughable that the APC is running cap in hand begging the speaker to remain in a party that has for so long failed to acknowledge his relevance and contribution to its existence.
“Nemesis has now caught up with the party as the speaker and other men of conscience have decided to pitch their tents with a party (PDP) that recognises that the collective gain of Nigerians is greater than a few primordial interests.
“Dogara will defect to any party he chooses without fear of impeachment from his position as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
“It is common knowledge that the APC worked against his emergence, but other members who saw and recognised his nationalistic spirit voted for him. In any case, he is the speaker of the House of Representatives and not of the All Progressives Congress.”
“If the APC loved Dogara so much and wanted him to remain in its fold, why did they humiliate him during their ward congresses when the speaker and all his associates were schemed out and humiliated even though he is the highest political office holder from the North east and number four citizen in the country.”