From: Ruth Yarnap, Bauchi
A group of Youths known as Tafawa Balewa, Dass and Bogoro Youth Development Foundation, TDBYDF has thrown its weight behind the defection of former Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC, stating that Dogara is their political leader.
The Chairman and Secretary of the Foundation, Engr Emmanuel Isheni and Shitu Haruna disclosed this in a press conference, at the NUJ press center in Bauchi.
They said that Bauchi State has been known nationally and internationally for her strong political brinkmanship, peace and leadership distinction, a disposition bequeathed by the founding fathers and political forbears who are selfless People, but that the current government of Bauchi under the leadership of Senator Bala Mohammed has shown no concern for the interest of the masses and youths development by his leadership style.
According to them, “Owing to the recent happening of the defection of Hon Yakubu Dogara, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, we want to make it clear that we stand with Dogara as our party leader; “Anywhere he goes, we go.”
“We have it on record that some non-performing politicians paid some youths N1,500 each to stage a protest on 28th July 2020 against Dogara Yakubu at Government House Bauchi, for reasons which do not hold any water.This made the protest unsuccessful and they are the same people who hired thugs and held a press conference on 4th August 2020 against the defection of Hon Dogara from PDP to APC.”
They foundation added,”we want to tell the good people of Tafawa Balewa, Dass and Bogoro federal constituency, Bauchi state and Nigerians at large, that we know those politicians do not want our peace and progress as a people. We assure you that those mischievous politicians are politically dead, but don’t want to go down alone,that is why they want to malign our great leader, Dogara” .
The Former Speaker, they said, is an undisputed political leader and understands the rudiments of Tafawa Balewa, Dass and Bogoro and Nigeria politics as a whole, saying that the people of Dogara constituency have witnessed many developmental projects which include Road construction, Youth and women empowerment programmes, rural electrification, construction of Bridges and he single-handedly sponsored the bill for the establishment of North-East Development Commission and many more.
According to them, Dogara has proved to them beyond reasonable doubt he is a reliable leader who carries everyone along irrespective of tribe, religious affiliation and geographical location.