Shortly after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari along with the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, at the State House, Abuja, the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has defected to the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Buni, who doubled as the Chairman of APC Caretaker/National Planning Committee, made the announcement to State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting.
Recall that Dogara had left the APC for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018.
While commenting on the development, the Personal Assistant on New Media to President Buhari, Bashir Ahmad, stated that, “That’s purely politics, no rule is broken here, Obaseki left and Dogara is back. That’s the law of this game, when you leave, another will come and fill the space.
“And it will continue to be like that till the end of the game. The best, don’t stress yourself over it. Be moderate!”
Meanwhile, Buni, who revealed that his task of reconciling former aggrieved members of the APC had started yielding fruitful results with the return of Dogara back to the party.
In his words: “We paid courtesy call on the President in continuation of our effort to rebuild the party. We are here to see Mr President and brief him on the developments.
“People shouldn’t be surprised seeing the former Speaker in the villa. He is a member of the APC and this is because the reason he left the APC is no more there. “Yeah, he’s back.
“We are meeting all our aggrieved members, particularly who have interest in coming back to the party. They should feel free to do so.
“We are assuring them and there is no crime in double assurance.
“We will do justice to all our members and that’s what will bring peace and that is what will guarantee peaceful coexistence; that is what will bring the consolidation of the party, the rebuilding of the party.
“Without doing justice, you cannot achieve that and we are sure of doing justice to all our members.’’
The governor disclosed that the president had welcomed the return of Dogara to the APC, expressing delight over the development.
“He’s happy with the development. That’s what he’s looking for. We are rebuilding the party and these are the steps we are taking towards rebuilding the party,’’ he added.