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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Speaker Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal Set to Dumps PDP for APC Today

After months of consultations, speaker of the House of Reps, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will today dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and join the All Progressives Congress(APC).

He will read his defection letter on the floor of the House at plenary. However, contrary to the widely-held belief, Tambuwal will not resign his position as speaker; he will not lose his membership either.

Tambuwal’s defection to the APC has long been expected by many; his political affiliations had always portrayed him as a politician on the verge of joining the camp of the leading opposition party.
According to Governor Aliyu Wamakko: "I want to inform all stakeholders of the APC gathered here that Tambuwal has been with us since the formation of our great party. We told him to remain in PDP until the day of nomination of the party’s governorship candidate; and today is the day."
According to LEADERSHIP, the speaker has avoided events organised by the PDP, especially since the emergence of the now defunct New PDP led by five of the G7 governors, one of whom is the governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko.

The speaker’s decision to finally dump the party may have been as a result of possible conclusions that his headship of the lower house might not necessarily be linked with any political party. Already, some legal minds have clarified the position of the law in this regard.

Regardless, LEADERSHIP exclusively learnt that all consultations are over and that the speaker had made all the necessary arrangements to defect to the APC and contest for the Sokoto State governorship seat in 2015.

A source close to the speaker told our correspondent: “He has concluded arrangements to move to the APC, and we all know that is the right thing for him to do now. The law allows him to defect to another party without losing his membership of the House or his seat as the speaker of the House."

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