A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara’s sudden defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Friday, July 24, took many Nigerians by surprise.
Dogara’s defection to APC may be connected to President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war and 2023 Presidential election, many have speculated, as he has not officially spoken since his defection.
Reacting to the development, the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, said that the APC may have lured Dogara into its fold, to serve as a running mate to Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 Presidential election.
The CUPP, in a statement by its Spokesman, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said: “I hope they have not used the propaganda of Northern Christian VP to Tinubu, to lure my very good friend to the APC party, that might not survive the upcoming intra-party 2023 crisis.
“PDP Governor of Bauchi treated Dogara bad and sidelined him, despite the game-changer vote from Dogara’s Tafa Balewa Federal Constituency, but joining the fractured APC with a weak Leader, who is already losing respect among his party men, may hang his political survival in the balance. We will be watching how all these play out.”