Even If We Run Under Zero Party; We Will Win – Dogara
Honourable Yakubu Dogara, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has stated that he knows his constituents would cast their votes for him even if he contested on the platform of a zero party.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, who is believed to have joined the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stated this while receiving his constituents at his residence in FCT, Abuja.
Dogara also made it known that he was urged to beg for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Truly, I have decided that I will not contest election again. They said they would give me a ticket in the APC but I must go and beg for it. I said I did not need the ticket. In politics, I have never gone to anybody’s house to beg for a ticket.
“My ticket is my people. I have assured them that even if I run under a zero party, my people will vote for me. So long as it is Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa (constituency), even if we run under zero party; we will win by God’s grace.”
“We have thrived well in many political battles in the past and this one too, we shall overcome it. Nobody can threaten us or tell us that we cannot contest the election in a political party we spent our resources to establish; only God can stop us.”
“I heard your voices and the voice of the people is the voice of God. We are in politics to serve and not to be served. As I said, if it were for myself, I will quit because truly I am tired and even thought of stepping aside. But we must run an election as long as our people say so.
“I have seen the forms you brought. I don’t know how you got it but I must thank you for this sacrifice. Left for me; I will appeal that you give me some time to go and consult further.”
Dogara further stated that he had not informed his supporters in the APC what he intended to do and explained how he gave the APC the conditions that are needed to pacify some federal lawmakers before he could reconcile with the leadership of the APC.
“Even when they were talking about reconciliation in the APC, we told them that even if I would be given a free ticket in the APC, as far as they did not do justice to Senator Sulieman Nazif, Senator Isa Hamma Misau, Honourable Ahmed Yerima, Honourable Aminu Tukur, Honourable Maryam Bagel and others, I would not accept it. I even said that if they would do justice to these people I would be satisfied.”