The All Progressives Congress (APC) says Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, is confused.
The party said this in reaction to reports that the speaker had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and obtained forms to recontest his seat.
Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of APC, said the political future of Dogara is bleak, accusing him of anti-party activities while in APC.
Nabena said the APC is empathising with Dogara on his confusion and despair over his bleak political future.
“Dogara’s reported defection has not come to us as a surprise. It was only a matter of time judging by Dogara’s anti-party antics in the national assembly where in connivance with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, he exploited all available avenues to sabotage and undermine the APC-led executive,” the statement read.
“Dogara’s anti-party activities which enabled one of the opposition party’s sole victory in Bogoro local government area (Dogara’s council) during the recent Bauchi south Senatorial bye-election won by the APC is another pointer, among several others.
“Indeed, all politics is local. As a party, we empathise with Dogara on his confusion and despair over his bleak political future, given the fact that he is not on ground and a political paperweight in his home Bauchi state. In his emergence as speaker, Dogara was merely used by his political master to achieve their selfish political ends at the time. They have since moved on to pursue their individual political aspirations and left Dogara in the cold.”
The spokesman said humiliating defeat awaits him when he contest his seat in the lower legislative chamber at the 2019 polls.
“We would advise Dogara against his ill-advised decision to recontest his house of representatives seat under the opposition Party he is linked with because a crushing and humiliating defeat surely awaits him,” he said.
“As a party, we remain united and committed to our progressives ideologies. We urge party faithful to consolidate on our strengths and collectively go into the 2019 general elections as a united and strong political fighting force to sustain the change agenda we are implementing for the benefit of Nigerians.”