By Paul Orude Bauchi
Former President Yakubu Dogara explained his decision to step down from running for National Vice President (North) during the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Convention which just ended in Abuja.
Dogara, who sent the notice of withdrawal from the race to the chairman of the APC national convention election subcommittee ahead of the convention, explained that his decision was to strengthen the party’s position, especially in the state. from Bauchi, to the northeast.
“The Party has not been able to retain two states after only four years and in fact in all (North-Eastern) states due to the vast network and reach of active and former members of the National Assembly,” Dogara , who represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency in the Lower House, said.
“But it turned out that our respected Party leaders have better ideas. Hence, they micro-zoned the position to Borno State, whose stakeholders under the leadership of our kind revolutionary leader, His Excellency B Zullum, and Sen Kassim Shetima, endorsed a brother and supporter/ally of longtime Sen Abubakar Kyari for the position.
“In light of President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives to adopt a consensus to fill party positions at this convention and as one of those who are comfortably disposed to Mr. President’s political philosophy, I wish to express unequivocally my unqualified support for the consensus and also my endorsement of Sen Abubakar Kyari for the position of Vice President (North).’
Dogara called for an end to bickering over party positions, saying it was detrimental to the health and unity of the APC.
He felt that if the party is to attract more members, it must be united because no one would board a boat of bickering sailors.
“It only remains for me to thank my friends in the North West who bought me the forms. They are the true followers of the late sage, Sardauna Ahmadu Bello, who believe in one North and are committed to following the chops,” he said.
“They were in such a rush that they actually paid twice for a form. May God reward you a thousand times over and restore the peace we once took for granted in the North and across the country.
The former president called on all of his many supporters across the country to make this decision in good faith.