- The deputy governor of Sokoto state, Ahmed Aliyu, has pledged to remain in the ruling APC
- Senator Ibrahim Gobir, 12 other members of the state House of Assembly and many others, also vowed to remain in the party
- The state former governor, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, however, said he pity his younger brother, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
The deputy governor of Sokoto state, Ahmed Aliyu, has declared that he would not follow the footsteps of his boss, Governor Aminu Tambuwal to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP).
The Punch reports that Senator Ibrahim Gobir, seven House of Representatives members, 12 other members of the state House of Assembly and hundreds of thousands of people of the state, also vowed to remain in the APC.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday, August 1, decamped from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP.
NAIJ.com gathered that the chairman of the Northern Senators Forum and immediate past governor of Sokoto state, Senator Aliyu Wamakko, has dismissed the defection of Governor Aminu Tambuwal to PDP, reiterating that Sokoto state remains an APC state.
Wamakko said: ”The people of the state are also solidly behind me, other senator, other House of Representatives members and elders who have chosen to remain in the APC.
”Whatever crowd you might have seen or been told about, just take it as a mere story. Sokoto remains an APC state.
“But, I pity my younger brother, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal. He is a very promising young politician, full of potentials.
”Maybe, something else is guiding his decision. This is the worst decision he has taken in his life. At his age, he should not be in a hurry. He is a fine young politician. I have a lot of respect for him.
“If he had taken into consideration, the people he is representing, the people of Sokoto state, he should not have gone into the PDP.”
He expressed hope that Tambuwal would rescind his decision and come back to the APC.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Governor Aminu Tambuwal defected from the ruling APC to his former party, PDP.
The declaration followed a solidarity rally organised by the governor’s supporters across the 23 local government areas of the state.
Tambuwal told supporters at the rally that the defection came after due consultations with the people and response to calls by major stakeholders in the state.
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.”
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