A Northern group known as the Coalition for Peace and Progress, has called on ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to pick former Speaker of the Nigeria House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as the running mate to Bola Tinubu.
National Coordinator of the group, Dr. Muhammad Chindo, at a press conference in Kaduna, noted the party needs someone who is credible, capable and acceptable that has the required qualities and political experience to manage the diverse nature of the country along with the President.
“Above all, it is imperative that the future Vice President must be a Christian who could transcend primordial sentiments bordering on religion, and the twin evils of tribalism and sectionalism.
“Such a person must also be a good Christian who could promote the cause of unity and togetherness among the diverse and heterogeneous citizens of our great country. After a thorough, painstaking search, and in furtherance of our avowed commitment and dedication to the noble cause of ensuring a united Nigeria, we of the COALITION FOR PEACE AND PROGRESS have unanimously come to the conclusion that the best person most suited to hold the position of the future Vice President under the APC is none other than the RT Honourable Yakubu Dogara, former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives of Nigeria.
“In arriving at our decision to pick RT Honourable Yakubu Dogara as running mate to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the coalition has taken considerations on a number of factors; As a member of the Federal House of Representatives and Speaker of the Honourable House from 2007 until he voluntarily agreed to step down, Dogara has the required political experience and knowledge more than any other possible choice currently being proposed
“RT Honourable Yakubu Dogara is a grassroot politician who was tested and trusted by the people of his constituency, who had the honour and privilege to be elected for consecutive four terms.
“RT Honourable Yakubu Dogara is a bridge builder whose compassionate love for the progress of humanity is unprecedented. He has always enjoy the trust and confidence of the people of his constituency of Dass/Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro, a constituency that is made up of diverse people who belong to different religions and tribe. Only a tolerant, accommodating and considerate person of no mean standing could command the respect, love, loyalty and support of a people. Even though a good Christian, Dogara has renovated various mosques belonging to Muslims in his constituency, and he remains the highest contributor to the sharing of Ramadan palliatives and cows/rams during Ed Kabir Sallah festivals in Bauchi State. In this regard, RT Honourable Dogara contribute more to Muslims than to his Christian brothers and sisters.
“As a patriotic and great philanthropist, and a visionary full of enthusiasm for the progress and development of humanity Dogara once had to step down from the exalted seat as Speaker to move a motion for the establishment of the NORTH EAST DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION.
“As a matter of fact, the North East Development Commissioner’s baby cht Dogara’s large-heartedness and kind nature, are responsible for his concern and pity for the multitude of of Internally displaced persons spread across the North East and Abuja. They are beneficiaries of his frequent visits and subsequent gifts and donations in their various camps.
“The office of the Vice President of Nigeria requires a cool-headed, humble, loyal and trustworthy individual who will give the required constant support and encouragement to the President at all times. It is on record that RT Honourable Yakubu Dogara has always been a reliable fellow in his dealings with others especially on matters of State and National interests. Throughout his exciting tenure at the National Assembly, it was such noble qualities he exhibited that made him to be legendary and unique for all time to come.” He said.