The speaker of the house of representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara has declared intention to return to the lower chamber in 2019, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Dogara said this while addressing a crowd of his supporters at his Abuja residence, on Tuesday. He said he was doing so in response to the yearnings and aspirations of his constituents in Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency, Bauchi State, who requested that he should return to represent them.
This was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Turaki Hassan.
The Speaker told the crowd he considered stepping aside after representing the constituency for 12 unbroken years but because of the overwhelming support he had received from his constituents, he had no option other than to accept their request.
I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God will reward you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired, having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.
Earlier, leader of the group Alhaji Murtala Miyetti-Allah, Mrs Keziah Dare and Mr Bulus IIliya Bully, said they came on behalf of the people of the constituency to appeal to the Speaker to seek re-election.
They said they could not afford not to have him represent them again, given the giant strides he had achieved in the last 12 years.
Dare said, “I cried bitterly when I heard that you won’t contest again but I am very happy now, having seen you. Please continue to represent us; you have done so much for our people. You empowered women and youths.”
Although, the honourable speaker, did not disclose to his constituents who witnessed the declarations under which party he would be contesting, unconfirmed reports suggest that it is going to be under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
A top PDP official at the Wadata House, headquaters of the PDP, affirmed the speculation to newsmen on Wednesday night “I can confirm it, he picked up the form already,” the official said under anonymity to avoid offending Mr Dogara, whom they described as “a new bride”.