Armstrong Bakam, Bauchi
Some constituents of Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro Federal Constituency have pledged their unalloyed support for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, describing him as their “party”.
They also said they were ready to move with him to any political party he chose to defect to.
Speaking separately at a rally held on Friday to show their support for him, the supporters, who were mostly youths drawn from the three local government areas of Dass, Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro, making up the constituency, said they didn’t know what democracy meant until Dogara became their representative in the House.
The supporters, who spoke at the rally held in Tafawa Balewa Town, said Dogara had built schools, roads, hospitals, markets, and provided scholarships for them.
They described him as “a detribalised politician who has done what many politicians in the state and the country have not and cannot do for their people.”
“We are here to show our total support for the Speaker for all he has been doing for us. We were taught in school that democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people. But we didn’t know what that meant until Dogara became our leader in this constituency,” one of the supporters, Barnabas Yale, said. Another supporter, Musa Salisu, called on the people of the constituency to be united and bring Dogara back to power, adding that he had done a lot for them.
He said, “As a Fulani man, I can tell you that Dogara does not segregate. He works for his constituents whether they are Muslims or Christians, it matters less to him. Let’s unite because saboteurs are trying to cause crisis and confusion among us.”
Organisers of the rally, Rufai Samson and Bulus Iliya, in separate interviews with journalists, said the rally was planned to show their unflinching loyalty to Dogara.
He said, “We, Dogara’s constituents, are with him 100 per cent. No matter what, Dogara is our party and we are ready to move with him to any party should he choose to leave the APC.
“If he chooses to remain in the APC, we will remain there with him but if he chooses to move to another party, we want him and the world to know that we will go there with him.”
The organisers condemned the recent rally that was organised in Bauchi metropolis against Dogara, describing it as the handiwork of people, who did not want progress and development.
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