Re: Bauchi South APC wants Dogara as Speaker | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe

Letters, Opinion

Re: Bauchi South APC wants Dogara as Speaker

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 6:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

I write to respond to a publication in your reputable newspaper, Daily Independent of April 2nd, 2015, in which one Alhaji Musa Adamu Lar was quoted to have made disparaging claims against Hon. Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Bauchi state.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have wasted precious time to respond to such kind of vituperations but for the inherent malice in them, which are by all intent and purpose meant to achieve a sinister political goal.

Alhaji Lar, who was described by the publication as ‘Chairman of APC Bauchi South,’ alleged that Tuggar is undermining the legitimate ambition of Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the member representing Tafawa Balewa/Dass/Bogoro federal constituency in the Bauchi south area of the state, to become the Hon. Speaker of the yet to be inaugurated 8thAssembly. Alhaji Lar made his loathesome statement thus: ‘It has come to our notice as the constituents of Hon. Yakubu Dogara that the said former parliamentarian (referring to Tuggar), is busy preaching hate speeches to convince Muslim members of the House of Representatives that our member, Dogara, should not be allowed to occupy this ‘super sensitive office.’

This allegation is not only mischievous, uncouth and amateurish but also, an unfounded fabrication aimed at tarnishing the hard earned reputation of Tuggar through the use of the instruments of religion. It is equally aimed at straining the cordial relationship these two illustrious sons of Bauchi state are enjoying for nearly a decade now.

In 2008, when a political tsunami hit the green chamber of the national assembly and swept away then speaker Madam Patricia Etteh, and brought in Hon. Dimeji Bankole, it was Tuggar who  supported Dogara for the position of deputy speaker against Hon. Usman Bayero Nafada, suggesting, for fairness, a Muslim/Christian leadership in the House.

Although the project did not succeed, Tuggar has shown Dogara a very strong spirit of brotherhood. It also goes to prove that Tuggar is a man devoid of any religious sentiments. May be Alhaji Lar is not aware of this.

Worthy of note also, is the fact that Tuggar is currently not a member of parliament and therefore, has no vote to cast during the election of speaker of the House of Representatives. He is also not a party official at state or national level, such that he can influence the decision of the party in its zoning arrangement, which is yet to be made.

As I type these lines, Hon. Tuggar is outside the country since Monday,13 April, 2015, barely fourty-eight hours after the governorship and state assembly elections. I wonder what connection or influence he can wield in a process that involves 360 independent minded legislators from across the country. It is unfortunate that Dogara would allow political jobbers to whip up religious sentiments on his behalf in his quest for the House leadership, instead of laying emphasis on his competence and pedigree.

Hon. Yakubu Dogara should distance himself from such politicians who would drag his good name in the mud in their blind quest to further his interests.


•Musa Azare,