Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
During a presidential campaign, Dogara was welcomed into the party by the party’s presidential candidate and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in the nation’s commercial metropolis, Lagos State.
The action comes only two days after Dogara, a former APC chieftain with the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum named Atiku as the preferred presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
After evaluating each presidential contender, a committee of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the north declared that Atiku is “the best” on December 2.
“It is evident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for implosion and extinction; hence, it cannot be the party for now and in the future, because of its rejection to embrace inclusiveness in a diverse country like Nigeria. After the 2023 elections, APC may be dead and buried as a political party,” the group said.
“While the duo (NNPP and LP) may emerge as strong contenders in the political arena in the future, from all indications, PDP appears to be the best option to adopt and support.
Dogara, along with former Senate President Bukola Saraki and other governors, had defected from the APC to the PDP ahead of the 2019 general election.
Dogara, however, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2020, returning to his former party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The latest development have seen Dogara once decamping to the main opposition party.