Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has assured the people of Bauchi State that he will protect and defend their interest in arriving at any political decision ahead of 2019 general election.
He stated this at a reception organised by his constituents in Bogoro local government area to mark his 50th birthday anniversary.
Alluding to political developments in Bauchi State, he said that wherever the interest of majority of the people dictate that cwe should go to, that is where you will find me, by the grace of God.”
Dogara allayed fears expressed by the member representing Lere/Bula in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Aminu Tukur, who expressed concerns over rumours of political realignment and reconciliation in the state and said that as a leader, he will never betray the trust of the people of Bauchi State.
Dogara maintained that the he will be guided by public interest and assured his political associates and followers that they would be consulted and carried along before taking any decision ahead of the 2019 election.
“As a leader, I’m not going to put a rope on anybody’s neck to drag him anywhere, never,” he said.
“But as leaders, our overwhelming concern should be the interest of our people, the development of our state and how we can better the lot of everyone in this state.”
“That being the case, it means that we will always have to protect the interest of our people first and not our own interest. And I believe in consensus, we are going to sit down as brothers and sisters on a table of brotherhood and all our stakeholders will be involved. Even if it is agreeing to disagree, let us agree to disagree”.
“That is a commitment, we will work on the project, and the project is that of our people. Wherever the interest of majority of the people dictate that we should go to, that is where you will find me, by the grace of God.”