From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara showed dismay at the political skirmishes within the ranks and files of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi with the assurance that he is ready for consensus and reconcile with and any party member who felt aggrieved about him.
Dogara gave the assurance at the Weekend following a declaration by one of his close political allies and member of the Bauchi House of Assembly, Mohammed Aminu Tukur, that the rift between members of the National Assembly representing the state and Governor Mohammed Abubakar and his cronies, that include state APC members, is irreconcilable.
Tukur said at the Speaker Dogara’s 50th birthday anniversary thanks giving reception held at his Bogoro hometown that, “We would not allow a situation whereby our leader Dogara will be caged to be sold to our adversaries in the party.”
It would recalled that APC members in Bauchi, shortly after the 2015 general elections, engaged in hostilities that broke them into two warring factions of National Assembly members representing the state on one hand, and Governor Abubakar -led government and party officials on the other – an acrimony that defied solution.
Hope of reconciliation between the Bauchi APC’s two warring factions came to limelight last week in Abuja at the Speaker Dogara’s 50th birthday anniversary celebration with a charity football match and book launch where Governor Abubakar purchased some books worth millions of naira.
Speaker Dogara explained that he is ready to sit at a round table with the other warring faction and all stakeholders involved, for amicable settlement of the dispute that has affected the interest of the generality of electorates.
“It means we will only have to project the interests of our people first; and I believe with consensus we are going to sit down as brothers and sisters on a table of brotherhood with all stakeholders involved, even if it means to agreeing and disagreeing, lets agree to disagree,” he said.
According to the speaker, nobody is going to be taken to any market for marketing, adding: “We don’t have any market in Bauchi State where human beings are sold. Let’s pivot on the interest of the majority of our people to resolve our dispute.”
Dogara enumerated a lot of development projects he facilitated their realization at the Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro federal constituency during the past few years, as he assured that more are coming, especially roads with the Tapshin – Gambar – Sara road, that could go Plateau State through Gindiri, among others.