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Published On: Mon, Sep 17th, 2018

Reps vows to protect Dogara’s mandate, right

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By Christiana Ekpa

The House of Representatives members under the auspices of the Parliamentary Democrats Group (PDG) said they are keeping vigil and are prepared to defend the “authority, right and mandate of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, against any threat from any quarters”.
Spokesperson of the group, Hon. Timothy Golu, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday said any attempt to undermine the legislature or the Speaker’s position on account of his desire to seek re-election through the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be resisted from all fronts by members across party divides.
“Our attention has been drawn to media reports suggesting that the leadership of All Progressives Congress, (APC) is plotting to remove theSpeaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara after he accepted PDP nomination forms from his constituents to re-contest his seat.
“Much as we believe that this is an exercise in futility, we however want to state categorically clear that any attempt to instigate crisis or undermine the authority, right or position of the Speaker on account of this political action, which is legal and constitutional will meet a brick wall from members.
Golu maintained that “As it is now, not only Speaker Yakubu Dogara, we have many other members, including a principal officer who has signified interest to join the band wagon. So we can effectively say that on resumption, Dogara will be presiding over a House with PDP in majority”.
“We have already mobilized our members to monitor situations and keep vigil 24/7 both in National Assembly and outside to ensure that no any act of impunity is brought to bear on account of Speaker’s political decision”.
It will be recalled that Dogara accepted the PDP nomination and expression of interest form from his constituents on Thursday to seek reelection into the House of Representatives.

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