OrderPaperToday – Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has once again given credence to reports that he is on his way of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as he “accepted a request by his constituents to recontest the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives.”
A statement by Mr. Dogara’s media aide, Turaki Hassan on Tuesday, said “hundreds of his constituents thronged” his Abuja home where the speaker said although he was already contemplating stepping aside after 12 years of representation, he would however seek a return at their request.
“Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us. Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run to once again represent our constituency. I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.
“I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today I will see this mamoth crowd in my house. I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God to reward you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.
“But in recent days I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t run again. Nobody can impose leadership on you. Only you our people can choose who will represent you.
“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do that is what we will do. Those who have said that they will retire us from politics I want tell them that we have just begun.
“We will continue to attract development to our area; build roads, hospitals , schools, and create opportunities for our people to thrive.”