Mr Yakubu Dogara, Speaker House of Representatives

Speaker of House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has picked the nomination form of the Peoples Democratic Party, to seek re-election from his Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa constituency.

The move came less than 24 hours after some of his supporters visited him Tuesday in Abuja and urged him to recontest.

Dogara, a lawyer was first elected into the house in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011 as a member of the PDP. He won a third term in 2015 as a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

His movement to PDP has for long been an open secret following the movement of his ally, Senator Bukola Saraki. Then in the last Senate by-election, the APC lost Dogara’s Bogoro constituency.

Dogara, addressing supporters of his constituents who thronged his Abuja home on Tuesday, said he was already contemplating stepping aside, having represented the constituency for almost 12 years now.

He, however, said he was overwhelmed by the show of support and solidarity by his people who travelled from Bogoro, Dass and Tafawa Balewa local government areas in Bauchi State to Abuja to impress on him to run again.

“Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us.

“Because you came, because of your sacrifice, I want to announce to you that I will run once again represent our constituency. I will soon come to meet you at home to make this formal.

“I am shocked and surprised because I never thought or imagined that when I woke up today I will see this mammoth crowd in my house.

“I am seeing faces of people we started this journey with since 2007. I pray God to reward you for this sacrifice. I was almost tired having been doing the same thing for almost 12 years now.”

According to him, “In recent days I started hearing some rumours and some people were already celebrating that I won’t run again.

“Nobody can impose leadership on you. Only you our people can choose who will represent you.

“I want to assure you that whatever you want us to do that is what we will do. Those who have said that they will retire us from politics I want tell them that we have just begun.

“We will continue to attract development to our area; build roads, hospitals, schools, and create opportunities for our people to thrive,” he said.