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Dogara dumps PDP for APC, gets Presidential “handshake” in meeting with Buhari

Former leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was disclosed by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Convention Planning Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Malla Buni after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari with Dogara at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Although Dogara declined to speak after the meeting, Mai Buni told State House Correspondents that the former Speaker “is now a member of APC.”

Buni also spoke on the purpose of the meeting, saying “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.”

On why he was with Dogara, the Yobe governor said: “They shouldn’t be surprised because the former Speaker is a member of the APC and he is back because the reason he left the APC is no more there.”

Asked if he was back to the APC, Buni replied: “Yeah, he’s back.”

Buni also talked on the President’s reaction to Dogora’s decamping saying: “He welcomed him. 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.

“Well, 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.”

On how long it’s going to take to see the end of all crises, he replied: “We will do justice to all our members and that’s what will bring peace and that is why we 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.”

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