Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
His return to the APC was announced on Friday at the Presidential Villa by the governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja.
Both Buni and Dogara were at the Presidential Villa to see President Muhammadu Buhari.
It would be recalled that Dogara dumped APC for PDP in 2018.
Buni who is the chairman of APC Caretaker/National Planning Committee said the return of Dogara to the party was part of the success of the ongoing reconciliation in the party.
His words: “We paid courtesy call on the president in continuation of our effort to rebuild the party. We are here to see Mr President and brief him on the developments.
“People shouldn’t be surprised seeing the former Speaker in the villa. He is a member of the APC and this is because the reason he left the APC is no more there. “Yeah, he’s back.
“We are meeting all our aggrieved members, particularly who have interest in coming back to the party. They should feel free to do so.
“We are assuring them and there is no crime in double assurance.
“We will do justice to all our members and that’s what will bring peace and that is what will guarantee peaceful coexistence; that is what will bring the consolidation of the party, the rebuilding of the party.
“Without doing justice, you cannot achieve that and we are sure of doing justice to all our members.’’
He spoke about the president’s reaction: “He’s happy with the development. That’s what he’s looking for. We are rebuilding the party and these are the steps we are taking towards rebuilding the party.’’