The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, has continued to play down his next political move even as one of his media aides has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). This is chest amid growing speculations that he will finally pitch his tent with his former party.
The expectation, a few weeks back, was that Dogara would join the Senate President Bukola Saraki in moving to the PDP, but his camp kept mute after Saraki exited the APC.
However, the Speaker was absent at the National Executive Council meeting of the APC held in Abuja just as he has not been attending ward, local government and state meetings of the party as well.
But a letter the which indicated that Dogara was out of the country as at the time has been sent to the National Chairman of the APC, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, by Dogara’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Cyril Maduabum.
Reports also indicated that the Deputy, Mr. Yussuff Lasun, was also absent at the meeting.
The Speaker has also said that he had nothing to do with the political ambition of one of his aides, Iliya Habila, who had declared his intention to seek a ticket to the Bauchi Sate House of Assembly on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Habila, a media aide to Dogara, wants to represent the Bogoro Constituency.
Dogara’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, has now made it clear that the Speaker had no input or influenced Habila’s political aspiration.
“Contrary to reports published by some national dailies, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, did not endorse any aspirant to vie for the Bogoro Constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly or any other.
”His constituents and political associates know that he does not interfere and will not endorse anybody, and neither will he ask anyone to seek election under the platform of any political party; whether the All Progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party,” Hassan stated.