I’m returning to Reps – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara has confirmed that he would be seeking reelection into the lower chamber of the National Assembly in 2019.
The Speaker made this known while accepting a request from his Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency of Bauchi supporters in Abuja yesterday.
He said although he was contemplating stepping aside, he was however overwhelmed by the show of solidarity demonstrated by the supporters, saying it is only God and electorate that could retire him from active politics and not his detractors.
Dogara, who is currently on his third term in the House, noted that “Some people said they will retire us from politics but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us.
Addressing the visitors at his Abuja residence, Dogara said “Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run to once again represent our constituency.
I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.
I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today, I will see this mammoth crowd in my house.
“I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007.
I pray God to reward you for this sacrifice.
I was almost tired, having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.
But in recent days, I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t run again.
Nobody can impose leadership on you.
Only you our people can choose who will represent you.
“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do, that is what we will do.
Those who have said that they will retire us from politics, I want tell them that we have just begun.
We will continue to attract development to our area; build roads, hospitals, schools, and create opportunities for our people to thrive.” Speaking earlier, leaders of the group, Alhaji Murtala Miyetti Allah, Mrs Keziah Dare and Mr Bulus Iliya Bully said they came on behalf of the people of the constituency to appeal to the speaker to seek re-election, adding that they could not afford not to have him represent them again, given the giant strides he has recorded in the last 12 years

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