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2023: Former House of Reps speaker Dogara gets new appointment in PDP days after endorsing Atiku over Tinubu

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has been appointed as a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Council (PPC) a few days after his group endorsed the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. 

Recall that on Friday, December 2, 2022, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum comprising Christian and Muslim religious and political leaders in the North led by Dogara and former Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir Lawal, had settled for Atiku as their preferred candidate.

According to the group, the decision to adopt Atiku as its presidential candidate was not without getting the necessary assurance from the party to run an all-inclusive government, details of which he said shall be discussed with the leadership of the party in the nearest future.

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The Northern Leaders Inter-Faith Consultative Dialogue had on October 8 in Abuja, set up a sub-committee mandated to draw up a criteria to serve as a guide to the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum, in its quest to adopt and support one of the leading political parties in the 2023 presidential elections.

“After careful consultations, research and brain-storming, the subcommittee came up with the following analysis of the criteria used to arrive at and recommended a Pan-Nigeria platform for the main committee’s consideration, endorsement and adoption.

“Amongst the criteria used in selecting their choice of endorsement include factors such as presidential experience; requisite track record in public service, business and education; evidence of national penetration; religious and ethnic balance.

“Other criteria include; pan-Nigeria and tolerance, reasonable popularity, physical fitness for the rigours of state as well as the existing structures of the selected political parties and current candidates for 2023 according to INEC records.”

onfirming the appointment in a statement on Sunday, the Director-General of the PDP PCC,
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, said it was with immediate effect.

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“The leadership of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council wishes to formally announce that Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has been appointed as a member of the Presidential Campaign Council with immediate effect,” the statement reads.

“This is part of our continuous effect in joining hands with our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to recover our great country, Nigeria.”

Dogara, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been vehemently opposed to the party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket which pitched former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, as the APC flag bearers in the 2023 presidential election.

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