There are strong indications that the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, will soon defect to the All
Our correspondent learnt in Abuja on Monday that the Speaker was
set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the APC after a
Tambuwal’s spokesperson, Imam Imam, said the nationwide
consultation would determine whether the Speaker would contest
the Presidency or the Sokoto State governorship election in 2015.
Imam, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone, said
that the Speaker was still consulting on the 2015 presidency and
the defection to the APC.
Imam said, “He (Tambuwal) is still consulting. The outcome of the
consultation will be known at the appropriate time. He is
consulting on whether he will defect to the APC. He is consulting
on whether he will contest the presidency. He is also consulting
on contesting governorship election.”
The Speaker had on Tuesday, last week, held a closed-door
meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta,
After the meeting, Imam said Obasanjo and Tambuwal discussed
the state of the nation.
He had said, “You know Baba (Obasanjo) is father to all in the
country. The visit was a consultation. It was about how to move
the country forward and make the country better.”
On Monday, www.thecable.ng reported that Tambuwal gave the
biggest hint about his planned defection on Sunday in his
hometown, Tambuwal, Sokoto State.
After collecting his Permanent Voter Card, Tambuwal was asked if
he would defect to the APC, he responded in Hausa, “Kowa ni
tsuntsu kukan gidan su yake yi,” meaning “birds of a feather flock
Imam, in the interview with our correspondent on Monday,
explained Tambuwal’s statements in Sokoto State on Sunday.
He said, “The Speaker granted an interview in Tambuwal
yesterday (Sunday) after collecting his permanent voter card.
When journalists asked him questions about defection and whether
he would contest the Presidency, he only said that he had to
consult his people and the consultation is still going on.
“The outcome of the consultation with the people will be made
known at the appropriate time. Every politics is local. It is the
needs and aspirations of your locality that will determine the
direction of your own politics.”
The Speaker has enjoyed a strong support of the APC members in
the House. The support of the APC members was instrumental to
his victory over Mrs. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, the candidate that
the PDP backed for the position of a speaker.
The APC leaders that have been mentioned as having interest in
the party’s presidential ticket include a former Head of State, Maj.-
Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); the Kano State Governor, Alhaji
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and a former Kwara State Governor,
Senator Bukola Saraki