Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has stirred reactions online after his constituents picked nomination form for him to re-contest in 2019 under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decision according to Dogara’s aide followed exhaustive consultation among the constituents, especially bordering on the political feud between the Speaker and Governor Abubakar.
His decision has so far stirred divergent opinions from Nigerians on social media.
While some Nigerians have opined that Dogara’s defection to PDP will hinder his re-election into Senate in 2019, others have insisted that the speaker will emerge winner in 2019 no matter his choice of party.
Here are some comments gathered from Twitter…
@Emmanuel nzube “I can’t wait for the NASS to reconvene. Interesting times ahead as Senate president and Speaker Dogara are now members of the PDP.”
@vimejoraz “Senator Saraki is not coming back as Senate president, Honourable Dogara is not coming back as the speaker. Get this into your head, what happened in 2015 is just a one-time thing.”
@Sesankuforiji “Dogara represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency, he is from Bogoro LG the least populated of the 3 LG areas. Bogoro 84K, Dass 89K, Tafawa Balewa LG 219K, judging from the results of last Senatorial, Dogara needs more than prayers to return to the Green Chamber.”
@Waleskyzo ” I stay in Bauchi and was fully involved in the recently conducted senatorial by-election. If you think Dogara will not easily sweep through his constituency you’re high on cheap drugs. Dogara will have a resounding victory any day and time.”
@Skallbgroup “We will see if the seat is his birthright and to know what crime Godfrey Manasseh from the same constituency committed that will make his people reject him for Dogara.We wait.
@hamzaSani “Dogara will win his seat any time of the day even if it’s without a party cos he has been doing exceptionally to his people for long.”
@Sirandrewbill “So excited about the news that the Hon. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Speaker Yakubu Dogara is back to the PDP.”
@Cheezycharles “Dogara picked PDP nomination form while in APC .I can only imagine the drama of the National Assembly when they resume. I can also imagine other rep members who have secretly ‘Dogarad’ the APC.”
@OlisaNwosu “Dogara’s formal return to the PDP is only a ceremonial affirmation of his politics. “Both he and Saraki were never in the APC. They were able to wrestle parliamentary power away from true APC folks because of political naivety.”
@Chyka_Innocente “It’s not shocking that Dogara picked @OfficialPDPNig nomination form. He was already in that fold. Plus he wasn’t sure of returning under APC.”
@Uchesame “The sins of Dogara will start coming out one by one after his defection.”
@Isuphjt “Going forward, it means the leadership of the 8th Assembly is going to Change!! Nigeria is finally getting to move past the corrupt politicians who hijacked NASS for their selfish interests and sabotaged our hard-won change!! Nigeria stays Winning. Saraki & Dogara are losers.”