Speaker Dogara’s key aide dumps APC

Speaker Yakubu Dogara
Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Usman Bawa, the Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Representatives on Special‎ Duties, on Monday resigned his membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr Bawa was a member of the House of Representatives where he represented Kaduna North Local Government Area at the ‎National Assembly.

He sent his signed resignation letter, dated July 14, to ‎the APC chairman in his local government.

Mr Bawa was appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, in 2015.

Mr Dogara’s spokesperson, Turaki Hassan, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Bawa was still an aide to his principal.

“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 pursue other course 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.

He did not mention the new party he will be joining.

Mr Bawa’s decison comes weeks after an aide to Senate President Bukola Saraki, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, also left the APC.

Mr Baba-Ahmed is also a politician in Kaduna State.

Although Messrs Dogara and Saraki are still officially members of the APC, they are believed to be the key sponsors of the R-APC, a splinter group within Nigeria’s ruling party.

The R-APC is already in talks with the other parties including the main opposition PDP to form a coalition for the 2019 election.

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