By Ogechi Okorie
Abuja (Precise Post) – The People’s Democratic Party is taking steps to unseat the former Speaker of the House of Assembly of the 8th senate, Hon Yakubu Dogara following his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
The PDP which is obviously not happy with Dogara retaining his seat after his defection, has called on the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to declare Dogara’s seat vacant.
Precise Post recalls that the former speaker last week defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress few weeks ago.
To demonstrate its seriousness towards making Dogara lose his seat, the PDP through its lawyers, S. Rabo Esq, and others wrote a letter to Gbajabiamila where it demanded that the seat be declared vacant. The PDP cited the 1999 constitution Section 68 (1) (g) and (2) of the 1999 Construction of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended as the basis for its demand that Dogara’s seat should be declared vacant. The PDP also said that the declaration of Dogara’s seat vacant should be done within seven days of receiving its letter.
Further recall that in the run up to the 2019 general election when Dogara, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some other lawmakers defected from the APC to the PDP, the demanded for their seats to be declared vacant was made by the APC. But, that demand fell on deaf ears as the lawmakers eventually served out their tenures.
This demand is coming as more PDP members in Digara’s constituency have defected to the ruling APC. They were led by a loyalist of Dogara and one of the main aspirants in the coming Bogora local government election, Bulus Iliya. While accepting the PDP member, the APC chairman in Bogoro LGA, Haruna Rikaya, said the party in the was happy to receive over 6,000 PDP members.
Under normal circumstance, defections take place when there is the emergence of factions in a political party following some crisis. Also, defections can occur when there is a merger between a party and another party or other political parties. In these two circumstances, a member or members of a political party can actually join another party or merge with another party.
But in Dogara’s case, there is no such thing as the emergence of factions or even a merger. So, the PDP sees his defection as a decision taken for personal reasons and gains.
Meanwhile, Dogara won the seat for Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency in Bauchi State under the platform of the PDP. So, the PDP is contending that since Dogara has decided to defect, he should lose his seat in the House because he won the seat under the platform of the PDP.
Well, the case may drag for a long time. It looks unlikely for Speaker Gbajabiamila to do as the PDP has asked him to do. Not just because Gbajabiamila is an APC member like Dogara now, but because there have been some contentious defections before now that the party which lost serving lawmakers demanded that their seats be declared vacant but that did not happen.
Now that the table has turned, it is left to be seen how the PDP would want to ensure that Dogara’s seat is declared vacant. Maybe, the PDP would go to court to get a court order to make Dogara lose his seat.