OrderPaperToday – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has passed a vote of confidence in the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
The vote of confidence comes at a time when the Party is insisting on the impeachment of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki following his defection to the PDP.
APC through its Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole expressed confidence in the leadership of Dogara while accusing Saraki of trying to “drag” the Speaker with him.
“I have absolute confidence in Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara. I said something earlier that it was Saraki that complained. He did not only complain that he was not given juicy appointments but that Dogara was also not given and I wondered aloud whether Saraki thought that Dogara is not capable of speaking for himself, afterall he is the Speaker.
“So, if those were the views of Dogara, it was not for Saraki to parrot because Dogara is capable any day of speaking for himself. The point I tried to make is that Saraki wants to drag everybody along with him. The APC as a party and myself as Chairman, we have confidence in Dogara,” Oshiomhole said at news conference on Friday in Abuja.
Speaking Further, the APC Chairman revealed that concerns expressed by the Speaker over happenings in party in his home state of Bauchi are currently being addressed even as praised Dogara for his patriotism in contrast to Saraki who accused of conniving with the PDP to emerge Senate President.
“Dogara has no problem whatsoever with the APC and he did not do anything similar to what Saraki did. He emerged as Speaker and he also ensured as a patriot that an APC member emerged as Deputy Speaker. He was not so desperate as to mortgage that position to PDP in order to cling on to his speakership. He knew the difference between personal interests and his party interests,” he added.
The APC Chairman concluded by once again insisting that the Senate President will impeached “according to law and democratic norms.”
Many observers have predicted the defection of Speaker Dogara to the PDP but unlike the Senate President, he has remained in the APC. He has however, offered support to the embattled Senate President by signing a joint statement with Saraki on the DSS invasion of the National Assembly which they described as plot to illegally impeach the Senate leadership.
In addition, Dogara was present at a World Press conference organised by Saraki on Wednesday where the Senate President took several swipes at the APC and government of President Muhammadu Buhari. However, if the latest comment by the APC Chairman is anything to go by, Dogara might yet remain in the party.