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Despite excessive lobby, Speaker Dogara must defect, lawmakers tell Oshiomhole

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Some lawmakers under the auspices of ‘Parliamentary Democrats Group’, which comprises PDP members and its loyalists who are still in the APC, have said no amount of lobby, cajoling would lure Speaker Yakubu Dogara into the folds of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that, over the weekend, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole had intensified efforts to reconcile the lingering face-off between the Speaker and Governor, MA Abubakar, a development that observers see as great move towards withholding Mr Dogara from decamping to the opposition party, PDP.

However, the lawmakers, who made the disclosure at the end of their meeting in Abuja on Sunday as contained in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Timothy Golu, advised the APC not to waste its time, as Mr Dogara would surely leave at the appointed time.

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“It is a futile one and a sheer waste of time. It is laughable that the APC is running cap in hand, begging the Speaker to remain in a party that has for so long failed to acknowledge his relevance and contribution to its existence,” the group said.

“Nemesis has now caught up with the party as the Speaker and other men of conscience have decided to pitch their tents with a party that recognises that the collective gain of Nigerians is greater than a few primordial interests.”

Mr Dogara, who hails from Bauchi, was previously irked by the indifference of the APC to his political disagreement with Mohammed Abubakar, Governor of the state.

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