The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said his defection was because of his political future and the political consideration of his state, Sokoto.
Mr Tambuwal defected to the APC on Tuesday days after his spokesman, Mr Imam Imam, denied a rumour of his defection.
After a rumour of his defection was published on different media, Mr Imam denied the claims in a statement.
The statement read: “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”.
Source: Channels TV