The Nigerian political landscape was, on Friday, reshaped with the resignation of the former Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as a member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The Chairman of All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Convention Planning Committee, Mai Malla Buni, had after a meeting with President Buhari confirm that Dogara has become a member of the APC.
Political analysts have since started looking at the factors that could have been responsible for such move at this time.
Some of the analysts are speculating that Dogara’s move is not unconnected to his ambition to oust the incumbent Bauchi Governor, Bala Muhammed from the seat in 2023.
Source close to the former Speaker has however said that Dogara’s move was borne out of the ambition to take a higher shot at national leadership.
The source suggested that, though nothing is concrete at the moment, the former Speaker might be in line to run on the same ticket with the APC National Leader who is widely touted to pick the party’s presidential ticket in 2023.
Dogora’s religion is said to be a major attraction to Tinubu’s camp since the former Lagos State Governor is a Muslim.
Dogara and Tinubu have not been best of friends in the past as the latter never failed to show his approval of the former’s emergence as House of Representatives Speaker in 2015. Both men are, however, said to be positively disposed to putting their past behind them for a mutually beneficial alliance.