Speaker Yakubu Dogara has picked the nomination form to return to the House of Representatives on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The speaker picked the form on Wednesday, a day after dozens of his constituents travelled to Abuja from his home state of Bauchi, Premium Times reported.
Mr Dogara told his constituents during the rally, which held at his residence in Abuja Tuesday, that he all but threw in the towel on partisan politics — having served 12 years at the House, four out of which he spent as Speaker — but their overwhelming demand forced his hands to continue his lawmaking career.
“Some people said they will retire us from politics, but we want to inform them that only God and the electorate can retire us,” Mr Dogara said in an apparent reference to his state governor Mohammed Abubakar, with whom he had been locked in a fierce battle of wits over 2019 electioneering.
He has picked up a PDP nomination form. They are filling it now and should be submitting it by tomorrow (Thursday),”a source close to the Speaker said.
The disclosure was corroborated by another top PDP official at the Wadata House Wednesday night.
“I can confirm it, he picked up the form already,” the official said under anonymity to avoid offending Mr Dogara, whom they described as “a new bride”.
The low-key affair under which Mr Dogara obtained his nomination form from the PDP follows a consistent pattern of his political style.