Tuesday 21 October 2014

Aminu Tambuwal denies rumours of defection to APC

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has denied the rumour that he had defected from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, said that the clarification became necessary due to various media inquiries about the purported defection of the Speaker.

The statement reads: “Monday, 20/10/2014, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party to a reconciliation meeting in Sokoto but the Speaker of the House of Representatives and a member of the NEC of the PDP, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal CFR, was not invited to the meeting.

“Rt. Hon Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was later invited by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, to attend the meeting of their political family to discuss the political future of Sokoto State.

“The Speaker, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, duly obliged and attended the meeting. The meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens, many of who have no known political affiliation. The most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji.”
He added that consultations on the Speaker’s political future had continued and that the outcome would be made public at the appropriate time.

Online media had been agog with reports about his defection to the APC, quoting him to have asked the party members present in the meeting to accept him “as one of you, starting from today”.

Credit: Channels News 

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