Court Sacks Yakubu Dogara From House Of Reps Over Defection

Court Sacks Yakubu Dogara From House Of Reps Over Defection
Court Sacks Yakubu Dogara From House Of Reps Over Defection

Yakubu Dogara, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, has been sacked from the National Assembly by a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Between 2015 and 2019, he was the country’s number four guy. He currently represents the Bogoro/Dass Federal Constituency of Bauchi in Nigeria’s parliament’s green chamber.

Dogara moved to the PDP in 2020, citing a breakdown in administration under Bauchi State’s Governor Bala Mohammed.

In a letter of resignation dated July 24, 2020 and delivered to the Bogoro ‘C’ Ward Chairman of the PDP, Dogara stated that even though he assisted in the installation of Mohammed as governor in 2019, he may express questions about the situation of administration without being accused of disloyalty.

He was elected as the APC’s speaker in 2015, but defected to the PDP when the National Assembly leadership clashed with President Muhammadu Buhari in the run-up to the 2019 elections.

He campaigned against the re-election of then-Governor Mohammed Abubakar, whom Bala Mohammed beat in 2019.

The PDP, on whose platform Dogara was re-elected to the House of Representatives in 2019, filed a lawsuit requesting the court to declare his seat empty due to his switch to the APC.

The complaint was filed after a Federal High Court in Abuja fired Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi and his deputy, Kelechi Igwe, for defecting from the PDP to the APC last year.

According to the plaintiffs’ counsel, Jubrin Jubrin, under section 68(1)(g) of the Constitution, Dogara, by defecting from the party that sponsored him to the 9th National Assembly before the expiration of his tenure, was required to vacate the seat because he was no longer qualified to participate in the lower house’s activities.