Yakubu Dogara, a former House of Reps Speaker, has defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Atiku Abubakar, the PDP’s presidential candidate and former vice president, welcomed Dogara back to the party during the presidential campaign in Lagos State, the nation’s economic hub.
This occurs 48 hours after Atiku was chosen as the preferred candidate for president in the 2023 election by the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum, an organization run by Dogara.
Abubakar is “the best,” according to a panel of Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the North, who evaluated all of the presidential candidates on December 2.
“It is evident that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is heading for implosion and extinction; hence, it cannot be the party for now and in the future, because of its rejection to embrace inclusiveness in a diverse country like Nigeria. After the 2023 elections, APC may be dead and buried as a political party,” the group said.
“While the duo (NNPP and LP) may emerge as strong contenders in the political arena in the future, from all indications, PDP appears to be the best option to adopt and support.
“All it takes is to sustain and tackle some of the problems and challenges this country faces.
“Certainly, with proper consultations and inclusive appointments, which is mindful of the federal character principle with a sincere consideration of diverse issues such as religious affiliation, geographical location, and ethnic identity, which many believe will enhance justice, fairness and equity, after a careful evaluation of all the issues highlighted above, we now recommend the adoption of the PDP to all lovers of democracy in Nigeria for the 2023 presidential election,” the group said.