By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
The Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara who emerged as the speaker of the House of Representatives yesterday won the plum position apparently based on the trust he garnered from fellow members who knew and had worked with him in the last House.
For many it became a matter of irony that Dogara who was famed for his discipline and loyalty to authorities became the whip that broke the back of his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. As a steadfast member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who was also pals with Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Dogara chose to align himself with the party and against Tambuwal when the later broke the party order that Mulikat Adeola-Akande should be elected as speaker in 2011.
He was one of the most visible supporters of Adeola-Akande, but it was a reflection of the simplicity and trust that many saw in him that he subsequently became one of the closest allies of Tambuwal in office. It was as such no surprise that Governor Tambuwal was one of the passionate driving forces of the Dogara for Speaker campaign.
Tambuwal’s support for Dogara was apparently driven by the trust and confidence which the new speaker exhibited in his duties as chairman of the House Committee on House Services in the Tambuwal House between 2011 and last June.
As chairman of the House Committee on House Services, the all important job of keeping watch over the affairs including finances of members in the last four years, he is fondly adored for not once attracting scandal to himself. Not many given that position of trust had vindicated themselves with the level of integrity and discipline Dogara by several accounts brought to bear in the job.
Before then, as chairman of the House Committee on Customs, Dogara also became the subject of local folklore over his integrity when he reportedly rejected a $5 million bribe in the course of oversight.
As a Christian minority from the North, Dogara’s crossed boundaries with his integrity winning friends from all religious beliefs. Christian and Muslims stood up for him in validation of the trust they saw in him.
A lawyer, Dogara is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators, the Cyber Bar Association and the Social Policy Association.
He is an graduate of the University of Jos, and is an associate member of the Institute of Environment Management and Assessment, and the World Jurist Association. An alumnus of the University of Jos, Robert Gordons University, Scotland, Oxford University and the Harvard Kennedy School, Dogara is qualified in terms of certificates, deep knowledge of the legislative process, and the desire to enact pro-people laws.