House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has revealed that Atiku Abubakar pitched his tent with Bukola Saraki and himself against the position of the APC which endorsed their rivals, as well as the party’s National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu who made a passionate appeal on behalf of the opposing candidates – Sen. Ahmad Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
The narratives were contained in his newly released book titled ‘A Reed Made Flint’.
According to Dogara:
Tinubu Begged Dogara to Step Down
“There was this particular time we were meeting with our leader in the North-East, Atiku Abubakar, at his residence.
Our Governor (Mohammed Abubakar) had come into town and some of our stakeholders in APC Bauchi had gone to see Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Somehow, Asiwaju (Bola Tinubu) and one other person walked into that meeting and he did not waste time in pushing his Gbajabiamila agenda forward.
He spoke passionately about the role he had played in the APC, the way he had built bridges between the South-West and the North and he appealed to my brothers and sisters who were there, all the political leaders and stakeholders of the APC from my state to prevail on me to stop this race and supporhis candidate to become speaker. After he had spoken, he left.”
Atiku’s Ground for Opposing Tinubu, Party
“At the time when most leaders in the APC were not showing sympathy to our cause, he (Atiku Abubakar) came out as one solid voice in support of the candidature of the now Senate president (Bukola Saraki) and my humble self.
“He said the North-East must have a position and it was his duty as a leader from the zone to support that goal. And more so, because of the religious demography of Nigeria there was the need to have a northern minority Christian in government as that would help to smoothen religious engagement and relationship in the north and put paid to the insinuation that the APC was just a Muslim party.”