A senior legislative aide to the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Zakariah Yasan Sinimbut has explained why he resigned.
Sinimbut told newsmen in Bauchi yesterday that he was accused by other Dogara’s aides of working against the Speaker’s interest.
He recalled that the problem started when he invited a former member of the Bauchi state House of Assembly representing Bogoro constituency, Rifkatu Samson Bebi, to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) after leaving the PDP.
Sinimbut said his action was interpreted as undermining Dogara’s political machinery in his constituency, which comprises of Bogoro, Tafawa Balewa and Dass.
He said, “I have been working with the speaker with all honesty and I have never worked against any of his interest. It is a known fact that the APC doesn’t have a house member in Bogoro, because we did not win the election there.
“When Honourable Rifkatu Samson Bebi left the PDP, as a member of the APC, I invited her to join the APC and contribute as she has done in the PDP. That was what caused the problem for me”.
Sinimbut added that he was also accused of working with the state government and the state APC leadership which have been at loggerheads with Dogara.
“The state government has never invited me for anything nor do I go to them for anything.
“In fact, I have been speaking against them in my attempt to protect the speaker’s interest which I do with all sense of commitment.
“There is nothing more discouraging than for one to be doing what is not appreciated. That is why I decided to resign my appointment and stop working for Dogara.
“So in my capacity as the spokesperson of Dogara Campaign Organisation, member Planning and Steering Committee and a Senior Legislative Aide working for him at the National Assembly, I have resigned from the job”.