Bauchi APC Members Petition Panel, Accuse Dogara Of Hijacking Forms

Yakubu Dogara

Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State have petitioned the Ward Congress Appeal Panel alleging that former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, allegedly hijacked nomination forms meant for local government Congresses.

Dogara currently represents Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency in the House.

In a press statement in Bauchi on Thursday, Spokesperson for the group, Alhaji Bala Burga said, “As law-abiding members of the party, the aggrieved members filed their petition before the APC appeal committee demanding for justice and fairness.

“It is good for all APC members to learn their lesson from what happened in Zamfara State where the Supreme Court sacked all elected members of the party and gave victory to PDP for failure of APC to conduct party primaries according to party constitution.”

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He alleged that “the forms were supposed to be given to the APC Chairman of Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area, instead the state leadership of the party gave the nominations forms to Dogara’s close ally, Muhammad Tukur.

“He collected them on behalf of Dogara and gave them to Dogara’s supporters only, thus denying members who are not in his camp the opportunity to get the forms in the interest of justice, fairness and democratic principles.”

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According to Burga, it would be in the best interest of justice to all interest groups in the party to be consulted in order to reach an amicable resolution based on the guidelines issued by the national leadership.

In response, Tukur denied the allegations. He said, “The APC in the state agreed to hold congresses through consensus and credible stakeholders of APC in Dass, Tafawa Balewa, and Bogoro Federal Constituency, paid for their nomination forms through the leader of party and high-ranking principal officer, Yakubu Dogara.

“Dogara sent the money for the purchase of the forms through me. I bought the forms on behalf of the credible stakeholders in Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro federal Constituency as directed by Dogara and I distributed the forms to recognised elected party chairmen in the areas.

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