Speaker Dogara’s Aide Dumps APC





Usman Bawa, aide to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Bawa in a letter dated July 14, conveyed his resignation to the APC Chairman in his local government.

He was appointed by Dogara in 2015 as the Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Special‎ Duties and was also a member of the House of Representatives where he represented Kaduna North Local Government Area at the ‎National Assembly.

His letter reads thus: “I write to convey my decision to resign as a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) following consultations with my teaming supporters.

“The decision has become imperative to enable me to pursue other courses of life. I seize this ‎opportunity to express my appreciation to the executives and members of APC for their support during my stint with the party,” he said.

His resignation comes two weeks after Hakeem Baba-Ahmad, Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki, dumped the APC.

Baba-Ahmad, one time Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and interim Chairman of the APC in Kaduna state, described his decision to dump the ruling party as a difficult one to make, saying he took it after due consultation with members of his Akida faction of APC in Kaduna.

“This statement is to inform the public of my resignation from APC. I have sent a formal letter to this effect to chairman of my ward,” he said.

“This has been a very difficult decision, to leave a party I helped to form and made my humble contributions to put in power.

“After three years, however, I need to say that the APC has grossly under-performed and has forfeited any claim to my loyalty and continue membership.

“I do not believe in all conscience, that it should be trusted and encouraged to continue to govern our great country beyond 2019.

“I am not leaving to join another party. This is my decision and mine alone. It has nothing to do with the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.

“It’s a decision taken after due consultations with Akida Group, a group that has predated my appointment as Chief of Staff to the President of the Senate.

“I will remain active in politics, as this is the main avenue for salvaging our nation from rising insecurity, poverty and divisions.”