Jonathan drags Tambuwal before journalists

Aminu Tambuwal

 “Why are you hiding?” the president asked the speaker. 

A mild drama occurred at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Tuesday night as President Goodluck Jonathan dragged the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, before television cameras, shortly before the commencement of the closed-door meeting of the National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The president’s action seemed an attempt to show journalists that Mr. Tambuwal was still a member of the PDP despite recent reports of his closeness to opposition leaders and his rumoured presidential ambition.

The speaker had boycotted major events organised by the presidency and his party including the second year anniversary of the Goodluck Jonathan administration and presentation of a mid-term report by the president.

He also recently condemned the leadership of the ruling party for the suspension of Sokoto Governor, Aliyu Wamakko. The suspension was later reversed.

Mr. Jonathan was walking alongside the Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Pius Ayim;  National Chairman of the Party, Bamanga Tukur;  and Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih; when they were confronted by an array of cameras.

Perhaps realising that the Speaker was trying to avoid the cameras, Mr. Jonathan teased him, saying, “Why are you hiding? They want to see your face.”

The speaker also responded in a jocular manner.

“I am not hiding. I am your property,”  he said, as they proceeded to the venue of the meeting which started at about 9.00 p.m.

The meeting is expected to discuss the ongoing crisis within the ruling PDP, including the expected exit of some members of the party’s National Working Committee; as well as the National Executive Committee meeting of the party scheduled for Thursday.



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  • Qbee Integrator

    No doubt, the speaker has affiliation to APC but trying to see which favors him. PDP is a sinking ship

    • Sadiq Garba

      And so what? It is a free world.

  • Bee4

    How can he be the president’s property? Speak volume on how our leaders have turned themselves into Demi God. In Nigeria we are citizens, not subjects.

  • Afam

    A man who is enjoying south west right as speaker what do you expect of him? speaker is 80% APC member but he knows what law says,any immediate jump of ship will lead his removal and possible recall from the house because PDP is the party that sponsored him to the house and further to a bid by opposition parties from the south west fighting PDP they sacrificed the speaker slot to the northerners,today south west are crying of marginalisation …..assoray

  • aisha

    Mr Speaker is just trying to show a little respect to Mr President

  • ozeto

    The president’s action seemed an attempt to show journalists that Mr. Tambuwal was still a member of the PDP, what kind of write up is dis, is Tambuwal not a member of PDP? Mtcheew