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BREAKING!! Confusion As APC Rejects Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker of the House of Reps, Says He Is Not Their Member

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BREAKING!! APC Rejects Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker of the House of Reps, Says He Is Not Their Member

 

Oketade said he reviewed the APC membership registry and did not find the name of Dogara on the APC membership register.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted the All Progressive Congress (APC) assertion that former House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara has defected to the party.

Dogara, who was elected to the House of Representatives on the PDP’s platform at the last general election, reportedly defected last year to the APC.

The rejection of the APC is found in a counter-affidavit filed by the PDP in opposition to a complaint demanding Dogara’s sack for allegedly illegally leaving the party on which he was riding to the House of Reps.

In the counter-affidavit of the party, the head of the Legal Department of the APC, Dare Oketade, was quoted as saying that he was not aware that Dogara had defected from the PDP.

Oketade said he reviewed the APC membership registry and did not find the name of Dogara on the APC membership register.

The 5th defendant (the APC) has not actually obtained a membership application from the 1st defendant (Dogara) or any other individual acting on the orders of the 1st defendant; neither the 5th defendant has given any membership card to the 1st defendant.’

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“The recording in the 5th defendant’s membership register of the name of the 1st defendant as a member of the 5th defendant and the subsequent issuance of the APC membership card to the 1st defendant confers the membership of the 5th defendant to the 1st defendant,” the APC said.

It described the PDP’s complaint as speculative and instituted in bad faith, and urged the court to reject all the plaintiffs’ allegations in the interests of justice.

On Monday, at the request of the plaintiffs, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja, granted a shortened period of time during which the case could be heard.

The motion, which was moved by the lawyer of the plaintiffs, Jibrin S. Jibrin, was not opposed by the defendants, after which Justice Abang adjourned for a hearing until 4 February 2021.

Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC are the defendants in the suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1060/2020.

Dogara, representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, defected from the APC to the PDP before the last general election and won a re-election to the House on the PDP platform, the PDP and its Bauchi State Chairman Hamza Koshe Akuyam, identified as plaintiffs in the suit, said.

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They added that on July 24, 2020, when he submitted his letter of resignation to the PDP Chairman in Bogoro’ C ‘Ward in Bauchi District, Dogara left the PDP for the APC.

Among other items, the plaintiffs contend that, pursuant to Section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution, Dogara should vacate the seat for defecting before the expiry of his term of office from the party which sponsored him to the Ninth National Assembly.

They said the former Speaker was no longer able to engage in the House of Representatives operations while still using the ticket of his former party.

In a supporting affidavit, Akuyam argued that the first plaintiff had no crisis or division, being the political forum by which the election of the first defendant (Dogara) as a serving member of the National Assembly was supported and from which he had defected to the fifth defendant (APC) before the expiry of the term for which he had been elected.

He also claimed that the PDP, from which Dogara defected, did not require mergers.

Akuyam claimed that Dogara “has lost his seat/office as a member of the House of Representatives and is no longer entitled to participate in legislative proceedings and other undertakings of the National Assembly and/or entitled to salaries and allowances as a member of the National Assembly,” having defected from the PDP before the expiry of his term.

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He added that, in the light of the facts and circumstances of the case, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has a ‘legal duty’ to declare Dogara’s vacant seat and to allow INEC to elect him to replace him.

Among other things, the plaintiffs are asking the court to declare that Dogara has ceased to be a member of the National Assembly after he defected to the APC.

The court was ordered to order Dogara to vacate his seat in the National Assembly and to repay all the wages, allowances and emoluments he had received from the date of his PDP defection.

They also urged the court to order the Speaker of the House of Representatives to give effect to Section 68(1) of the Constitution to declare Dogara’s seat vacant immediately and to have INEC hold a by-election to replace him.

 

BREAKING!! APC Rejects Yakubu Dogara, Former Speaker of the House of Reps, Says He Is Not Their Member

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