Zakariah Yasan Sinimbut, who is aide to the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has resigned his appointment, following the accusation of ‘working in cohort’ with the state government and the state APC leadership, which have loggerheads with the Speaker for a longtime.
Disclosing this to journalists in Bauchi on his decision to resign in a chat on Monday, Sinimbut, who was also the spokesman of Dogara’s Campaign Organisation, was accused by other Dogara’s aides of working against his interest and siding with his opponents, an allegation which Sinimbut has denied.
According to him that, the problem started when he invited a former member of the state House of Assembly representing Bogoro constituency, Rifkatu Samson Bebi, to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) after leaving the PDP.
He stated that, his call to the former state lawmaker was interpreted by some people close to the speaker as ‘undermining his political machinery’ in his constituency, which comprises of Bogoro, Tafawa Balewa and Dass.
He reiterated that “I have been working with the Speaker with all honesty, and I have never worked against any of his interests,” stressing that, “it is a known fact that the APC doesn’t have a House member in Bogoro, because we did not win the election there.”
He said, 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.
“I was invited to the office of Dogara’s adviser on constituency matters where I was told that, the Speaker has allegedly ordered for the termination of his appointment for promoting the former lawmaker.”
He told newsmen that “the state government has never invited him for anything, nor do I go to them for anything,” adding that, “I should have even apologised to them because 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,” he added.
“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,” he stated.