By Muhammad Nasir Bello
After several weeks of speculation, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Tuesday defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to his former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The declaration followed solidarity rallies organised by the governor’s supporters across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Tambuwal told the rally that the defection came after due consultations with the people and response to calls by major stakeholders in
He said: “This is not a decision that I have made lightly, but after extensive consultations with all the important stakeholders that we have
come to the decision to pitch our political tent elsewhere.
“However, the decision of our people and associates had become our total priority; it is the reason for the leadership we are yearning for.
“As such we have left the APC for the PDP in order to ensure that the masses’ needs in the areas of health, security, among others are fully prioritised.”
NAN also reports that Tambuwal had in 2014 on the eve of general elections while calling the shots as Speaker of the House of Representatives left the PDP for the APC, a coalition of parties, which wrest power from President Goodluck Jonathan.
Also, Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Kwara State Gov. Ahmed Abdulfatah and the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Alhaji Ahmed Ibeto, had on Tuesday announced
their defection to the PDP.
Earlier, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom had defected to the PDP. The gale of defections was activated by some Senators and House of Representatives members in the National Assembly.