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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Tambuwal attends APC meeting

21.Oct.2014 DISQUS_COMMENTS Jacob Segun Olatunji and Leon Usigbe -Abuja •No, he attended Sokoto political family meeting —Aide •PDP NWC in emergency meeting Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday, attended a stakeholders’ meeting of Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Observers believed that his presence at the meeting in his home state was expected to pave way for his eventual defection from Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC. The speaker was alleged to have told people at the meeting that he should be seen “as one of you, starting from today.” However his media aide, Imam Imam, said Tambuwal attended the meeting of the Sokoto political family to “discuss the political future of Sokoto State, on the invitation of the state governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.” Imam, in a statement on Monday night, said the meeting had in attendance prominent Sokoto citizens, many of whom had no known political affiliation, the most notable being the Sardauna of Sokoto and former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Abubakar Alhaji. He also disclosed that the chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, led other members of the party on a reconciliation meeting to Sokoto, but the speaker and member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of PDP, Tambuwal, was not invited. “Consutations on the Speaker’s political future continues and the outcome will be made public at the appropriate time,” Imam added. The APC spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, “I am also just reading the story and would respond appropriately during the week.” Meanwhile, the PDP leadership was locked in a meeting well into Monday night, ostensibly discussing the speaker’s rumoured defection. Calls to the national publicity secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, were not answered, but a party source told the Nigerian Tribune that he had gone into a meeting with other members of the NWC of the party.