2023: PDP chieftain urges Saraki to support Bala Mohammed as northern consensus candidate
By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
A founding member and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mallam Bibi Dogo has urged former Senate President, Bukola Saraki to support Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed as the northern consensus candidate for the PDP presidential primaries.
Dogo who stated this in Bauchi on Tuesday during an interaction with reporters, said Bala’s credibility and acceptability to the generality of Nigerians is a quality that Saraki should consider to support the Bauchi State Governor.
“Bala is a true son of PDP who has never left the party since inception but Saraki once left the party and castigated the party and even fought the party to the extent that it lost the federal government to APC.
“The North-East is the most backward and neglected region in the country and Bala should be supported in the inerest of equity, justice and fairmess to enable the country get the required deveopmemt that will bring more sustainable peace and justice to the people,” he said.
Why hailing the consensus moves initiated by Saraki, Bala and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, he advised Governor Bala Mohammed to build on the success of the consensus arrangement to unfold his vision for Nigeria in the coming days.
Dogo commended the commitment and readiness demonstrated by Bala Mohammed since his endorsement by the northern elders while also encouraging him to lead discussion with all the aspirants in the PDP with a view to having a national consensus if possible.
ICYMI: PDP welcomes court judgement sacking Dogara from office, says it’s victory for democracy
By Charly Agwam – Bauchi
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is happy with the judgement delivered by the Federal High Court Abuja division presided by His Lordship Honourable Justice F.D. Okorowo which
declared the seat of the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, vacant, following his defection from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legal counsel to Bauchi PDP, Jibrin Jibrin in a statement shared with journalists on Sunday, said the judgement of the court has presented a good opportunity to the PDP to reclaim the seat through a bye-election to be conducted by INEC
“As a matter of fact, the Court through His Lordship’s sound reasoning, well considered analysis, findings and conclusions represents the correct position of the law as regards the facts and circumstances of Hon. Dogara’s action that constituted the suit in reference in the context of the clear provisions of Section 68 (1). (g) of the 1999 Constitution FRN (as amended).
“It is thus our firm belief that justice has been well served. It is equally a fact that the judgement which is coming on the heels of similar decisions of the Court as delivered by their Lordships’ Taiwo Taiwo and Inyang Ekwo have further espoused and developed the jurisprudential horizon on the issue in Nigeria.
“The most important thing about the judgement is that it is a victory for democracy and the rule of law. The declaration of the seat of Hon. Yakubu Dogara as the member representing Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency in Bauchi State vacant, presents a good opportunity to the PDP to reclaim its seat through a bye-election to be conducted by INEC,” the statement reads in part.
The court, in a judgement that was delivered by Justice Donatus Okorowo, held that Dogara, having abandoned the political party that sponsored his election, ought to vacate his seat in line with the provisions of sections 68(1) (g) and 109 (1) (g) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.
Recall that Dogara was, in 2019, re-elected on the platform of the PDP to represent Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State at the National Assembly.
He, however, defected to the APC on July 24, 2020, after he submitted a resignation letter to the PDP Chairman of Bogoro ‘C’ Ward in the state.