Former Reps. Speaker, Yakubu Dogara
By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
Supporters of the former Speaker of the House of Reps, Barrister Yakubu Dogara have alleged that they are being denied participation in the ongoing revalidation of membership and registration of new members exercise by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi state.
They are therefore calling on the National Secretariat of the APC to as a matter of urgency take steps to correct the anomalies noticed in the ongoing revalidation of membership and registration of members by the party in Bauchi state.
Some members of the party who spoke to our Correspondent said that because of their political alliance with Yakubu Dogara they are not allowed to either revalidate their membership or get registered having returned to the party with the former Speaker.
Mohammed Aminu Tukur who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved members gave instances of wards in Tafawa Balewa LGA where the members were out rightly denied participation.
He said that, “in the first instance, the exercise is going on but we have come to realize that in certain areas, I can even cite examples, one by name Adamu Hashimu of Tashan Tabo of larpoli polling unit of Dajin ward, he along others were denied participation because of their alleged relationship with Yakubu Dogara, that was what they were told”.
He added that, “Somebody by name Harisu M Hashimu from Palan Tulu this afternoon (Tuesday) sent me a text message that they have been denied registration because of their connectivity to us (the former Speaker and myself). In at least 3 polling units in Tafawa Balewa LGA, registration materials were not supplied there, they have been hijacked and cornered in Kardam.”
He further alleged that their supporters are being denied the opportunity to either revalidate membership or get registered as members of the APC just because of their political alliance with Yakubu Dogara and others who decamped to the party.
He therefore called on the Acting National Chairman of the party to act swiftly in order to save the situation so that the party will not lose members in Bauchi state.
Reacting to the development, Caretaker Chairman of APC in Bauchi state, Uba Ahmed Nana denied the allegation saying that, “it is nothing but tissues of lies. Nobody has been denied participation in the exercise” .
Uba Nana who spoke to our Correspondent on phone said that every old member of the party is eligible for revalidation of his or her membership while new members are to registered in line with the guidelines of the party saying that, “we are looking for members, how can we then deny them from joining us” .
He said that, “I have not received any complaints from anyone. If there is any complaint, it should be properly channeled but as far as I am aware, the exercise is going on smoothly across the state. The only problem we have is that of shortage of materials, we have notified the national Secretariat and very soon it will be available”.
Meanwhile, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Maitama Tuggar has revalidated his membership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in his Udubo ward of Gamawa LGA in Bauchi state on Monday just as he took a swipe on former National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for saying that the exercise is unconstitutional.
On the comments by some notable leaders of the APC against the ongoing exercise, Maitama Tuggar said that they are entitled to their opinions stressing however that there is nothing unconstitutional about the exercise.
He said that, “let them to the courts to test the waters, we have a constitution guiding the party, if they are not satisfied, let them go to the court. As far as I know, what the party is doing is right”.
Yusuf Tuggar who speaking to journalists shortly after filling and submitting the revalidation form at the Udubo Central Primary School, Udubo said that the APC led Federal Government is investing in vital infrastructure projects that are not only engendering economic development but also improving overall human indices in Nigeria.
The Chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Party (APC) who is from Bauchi State stressed the importance of the ongoing revalidation and registration exercise is for repositioning of party stressing that it was because of the importance that made him to come from Germany for the exercise.
He however appealed to old members of the APC to come out and revalidate their membership of the party, while he urged new members to register and join the APC in order to bolster the membership base of the party. The exercise which started on the 9th is expected to last for two weeks.
He said that, “President Muhammadu Buhari has recorded milestones in the provision of infrastructure that has been unprecedented in our recent history, the completion of the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, Lagos-Ibadan rail line, the second Niger bridge, amongst several others”
He further stated that the Federal Government has attracted funding from the German state Bank, KfW, European Export Credit Agencies and Africa Finance in a venture that will see Mota-Engil constructing the 283km line connecting Kano with Maradi in Niger Republic .
Yusuf Tuggar added that the rail line will also cover other cities such as Danbatta, Kazaure, Daura, Mashi, Katsina and Jibiya adding that, “This rail project is expected to boost commerce in the region and aid in establishing Nigeria as an export hub”.
Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar represented Gamawa Federal Constituency from Bauchi State in the House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. He is currently Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, appointed in the year 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari.