The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin, has said the reason for former House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, left the PDP to rejoin the All Progressives Congress (APC) was because of his 2023 political ambition.
Yakubu dumped the PDP to join the APC last week.
Commenting on the move in a statement in Abuja on Monday, the PDP BOT chairman said he received the news of the exit of the former Speaker with mixed feelings noting that Yakubu failed to explore the conflict resolution mechanisms available within the PDP before deciding to leave.
He said, “I am sorry for Yakubu 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 Yakubu for decamping, one is compelled to say that Yakubu 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 Yakubu 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.”
Walid also said there are plans by the party to visit Edo State to strengthen the Governor Godwin Obaseki campaign train ahead of the September 19 governorship election in the state.