I don’t have a party, I’m supporting candidates for now – Dogara opens up


Former Speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he not “an unstable character” as his critics have been alleging following his support for candidates of different parties for various elective seats.

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Dogara said he does not belong to any political party for now but he only supports candidates across party lines for elective positions in the 2023 general elections.

Dogara, who represents Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency in the green chamber, spoke on a national television on Wednesday night.

Dogara was a known chieftain of the All Progressives Congress before the presidential primary of the ruling party. The former speaker was one of those who kicked against the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the party and subsequently went public to endorse the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, against APC’s Bola Tinubu who has now been declared President-Elect.

But in a curious twist, Dogara has strongly opposed the reelection of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed of the PDP and expressed support for the APC governorship candidate in the March 18 election in Bauchi, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the retired Nigeria’s former Chief of Air Staff.

He said, “I am supporting candidates; I am not doing any political party for now, I am supporting candidates.

“Everybody knows that I backed Atiku Abubakar for Presidency for reasons I told the whole world but in Bauchi State, before primaries were concluded, I had supported the aspiration Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar who is the current APC governorship candidate and I have my candidates for House of Assembly in my constituency.

“I have Senatorial and House of Representatives candidates that I helped midwife them into those positions, and I can’t abandon them for political stability.”