Walid Jibrin, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the major opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said the 2003 political ambition of former House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, was responsible for his exit from the party.
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, Jibrin said he received the exit of Dogara from the opposition party with mixed feelings and wondered why he failed to explore the conflict resolution mechanisms within the party before taking such an important decision.
Hear him: “I am sorry for Dogara for not adhering to all avenues available in the party constitution for settlement of disputes or complaints by a member of the party. Considering the serious reasons given by Dogara for decamping, one is compelled to say that Mr Dogara has other strong reasons for leaving the PDP.
“I’m beginning to suspect that the former speaker has an underground motive for joining the APC. I begin to suspect that Mr Dogara has a plan of becoming President or Vice President in 2023 which he knows he will never achieve in the PDP.
“I want to assure the former speaker that PDP shall continue to be very strong and united and its doors remain open to all Nigerians. Therefore, the PDP will never accept any plan from anybody to destroy the party.”
Jibrin also revealed plans to join the campaign train of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State ahead of the September 19, governorship election in the state.