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Dogara joins 9th Assembly speakership race


The last may not have been heard about the race for the Speakership of the House of Representatives in the Ninth National Assembly as the outgoing Speaker of the Eight Assembly, Hon Yakubu Dogara of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reportedly joined the race.

This was announced through a campaign launched on social media by Dogara’s aides over the weekend with various posters tagged “continuity”.

It was further gathered that there was another one tagged ‘God chose Rt. Hon speaker Dogara Yakubu in the 8th Assembly, not any Lagosian, we believe he would do it again for us in the 9th Assembly’ and ‘#Dogaraforspeakeragain’ are also going viral in the social and online media to rally support for Hon Dogara.

Hon Dogara defeated Hon Gbajabiamila by 8 votes to emerge the Speaker of the 8th Assembly and later defected to the main opposition, the PDP.

All efforts to speak with the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Hon Dogara, Mr Turaki Hassan, on the development proved abortive as all calls and short messages to him were not replied.
However one of the close allies of the Speaker and a returning member told the Tribune Online in confidence that the project “Dogara for Speaker again” was real.

This is coming just as learnt in Abuja on Saturday that all is now set for the endorsement of Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the APC preferred candidate for the seat by progressives lawmakers in the House


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