Yakubu Dogara, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party PDP shortly before the 2019 general elections has returned to APC and was led to meet President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House.
Chairman of the APC Caretaker/ National Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, on Friday led Dogara to the Presidential Villa for a meeting with Buhari where his defection to the ruling party was sealed.
Various reactions have been trailing the move. One of such was from the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), who said the APC as a principled party shouldn’t have allowed Dogara back into its fold.
“For me this is a big setback for the image of the APC. I think it’s an illustration of the fact that we are yet to adopt ideology and principles in our politics. Because if you have an ideology and philosophy, you won’t be hopping from one party to another.
“So it creates a negative image of Nigeria and our political parties as immature. Otherwise nobody drove Dogara away from APC. He woke up one day and decided to follow his friend Bukola Saraki to PDP. Why didn’t he stay there? Why is he back to APC again? So for him there is no difference between the two parties.
“This is something the APC should begin to seriously consider, whether there is no difference between APC and PDP. If we are the same, why did we unseat the PDP in the first place if we are not bringing new values to governance?
“If we are not the same, then if a person finds something good enough in PDP to go there, we should let him remain there and not just take him back. This whole idea of allowing people to jump in and out of parties has to stop.”