Yakubu Dogara has shared the moment he was in the bedroom with former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in 2015, prior to his emergence as Speaker.
According to The Cable. Dogara spoke of the moment in his yet-to-be launched biography, ‘A Reed Made Flint’, by Ovation publisher, Dele Momodu.
Paraphrasing an excerpt from the forthcoming biography, the paper reported that Dogara told of how he emerged Speaker despite Tinubu’s opposition saying the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, took him to his bedroom to plead to him to step down for his candidate, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
“As a matter of fact, Asiwaju (Tinubu) is someone that we respect very much and no one can doubt the sterling role he played in the emergence of APC as a government. Asiwaju had through emissaries sought audience with me and in deference to him I went to see him along with a colleague, then Right Honourable Kawu Sumaila. When we got to the Asiwaju, seasoned politician that he was, he asked us to come to his bedroom. We held this meeting in his bedroom!
“He appealed to us and said what he only wanted, as a leader, as a political father, was for us to please collapse our campaign into Femi’s and declare our support for him. Asiwaju maintained that, as a matter of fact, support for Femi was a support for him. He said if we supported Femi by extension we were actually supporting him and reciprocating the work he did to ensure APC won the Presidency,” it quoted the Speaker as saying in the upcoming biography.