Buhari hails Tambuwal for dumping PDP

A former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, praised the courage of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, for defecting to the All Progressives Congress, APC, despite the odds stacked against him.

He said the Speaker did not only take a risk by dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join the opposition APC, but also strategically adjourning the House till December apparently to douse tension.

Mr. Tambuwal announced his membership of the APC during the House plenary session on Tuesday. Soon after he made the renounced his membership of the PDP, he adjourned the legislature till December 3.

Speaking when he and three other presidential aspirants on the platform of the APC, were presented to the delegates to the party’s extra-ordinary convention of the party in Abuja, Mr. Buhari said he was overwhelmed by Mr. Tambuwal’s action.

“We will like to thankl Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal for what he did yesterday. We were overwhelmed,” the former head of state said. “And it was only yesterday I admit that I ask what profession is he and I was told he was a lawyer, I say no wonder.

“Taking such a remarkable risk and sending everybody on holidays till December is an achievement. By now we will be sounding like a broken record about the objective of the APC. Our intention God willing is to secure this country and to efficiently mend it. So God help us.”

The presidential aspirant congratulated the four parties that fused into APC, noting that as early as 2005, it was realised that to be able to beat the ruling PDP, the leadership of the opposition parties needed to come together.

He congratulated the parties for the successful merger.

On his part, another aspirant and governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said the party must bury religious and ethnic differences in order to achieve the aim of sending the PDP out of power.

He prayed that if his presidency would not guarantee food for the common man, provide free education up to university level, cannot unite Nigeria, God should not allow him to succeed in his bid to rule Nigeria.

Mr. Okorocha said the APC was a new party for a new Nigeria and “we must stop singing the song for religion in our party neither should we sing the song of tribe in our party. This perception that our party must produce a president from one part is not necessary. What is required is a president that can put food on the table of the common man.

“We came together because PDP has failed Nigeria. PDP has not been able to put food on the table of the common man. It is for you our delegate, it is for you to search your conscience and choose who you think in your best interest can move this nation forward. ”

Addressing the delegates, the founder of the Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah, who said the APC was one family, stated “if you are one of the 48 million unemployed people in Nigeria, if you are afraid to go to church because you think you will be killed, if you are afraid to go to the Mosque because you are afraid you will be killed, if you are afraid to send your children to school because they can be burnt alive as they did in Buni Yadi, if you are afraid that your daughters can be kidnapped, in 2015 there is only one party to vote for, vote APC.”

Another aspirant, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who is the governor of Kano State, thanked those who on Tuesday attended his formal declaration of interest to contest the presidential election. He said the APC was prepared to save Nigeria.

Meanwhile, the five presidential aspirants on the platform of the party, agreed at the convention to conduct their campaigns with decorum ahead of the primary in December.

The National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, read out the agreement the aspirants reached by the aspirants and the national leadership of the party and called for the delegates’ endorsement.

According to him, the aspirants, including a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who was not at the convention, agree as follows:

-They will respect each other and the values and constitution of our party;

-They recognised that they are all honourable men capable of distinguishing themselves as president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria;

-Accordingly, they have all pledged to be open and available to discuss all options and ensure their emergence without acrimony, everyone emphasising his merit, no one attacking below the belt any other competitor for this office;

-They obliged themselves on behalf of themselves and their supporters that their campaign must be a decorous campaign and that at the end of the day only one of them will be candidate; and

-They therefore commit themselves to working, as if they are working for themselves, for whoever emerges victor at the primary. I hereby present to you four of the five aspirants to you.

Mr. Kwankwaso confirmed the pact, saying what the chairman read on our behalf, he read our minds and I want to confirm on behalf of four of us here and Turaki of Adamawa that what he said we are in agreement 100 percent.”


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  • abbadd

    APC the party of justice fairness and equity not PDP the party of tyrants, killers and murderers.

  • Maria

    I love the way APC is going about this freedom of expression and intention by her members to contest. The other yeye party(PDP),collected money from aspirants only for the aspirants to go and pick their nomination forms, they were told only one form was printed by the party… this is the fraudulent party that has run Nigeria since 1999…

    • Otile

      Imam Shekau is a strong fighter, and you know it.

  • Adoki

    Is this not the same Tambawal who is running the corruption infested House of thieves being ‘hailed’ by Buhari, the honest candidate? I think we should all be careful about the people whose praises we sing in this country.

  • Muscomide

    I am a GMB supporter, but even I know that GMB, the military head of state is a different proposition from GMB, the presidential candidate. Pragmatism is essential in politics. How does GMB ‘hailing’ Speaker Tambuwal’s defection raise questions about his own (GMB’s) personal integrity? Don’t give a dog a bad name merely because you seek to hang it. Buhari is an honest man.

    • Adoki

      Now I know that it is not about transforming Nigeria, but about ‘pragmatic politics’! The same pragmatism would ensure that a President Buhari will have to find a way to work with a rotten National Assembly so that legislation can go on, and so that he would not be impeached; the same pragmatism will ensure that Buhari would tow the line of a corrupt judiciary because of course there is rule of law and of course he can’t touch them because of separation of power. Same pragmatism will mean that he would tow the party line in the appointment of ministers, advisers, heads of MDAs, federal character, because of course he cannot do other wise. And so on and so forth.

      Why do you these politicians keep deceiving you people all the time?

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Adoki, please give us the name of the politician that is not deceiving YOU?

        • Adoki

          In other words, we all EACH have our own deceiver. Then we should all come clean and declare our interests upfront rather than say we are promoting ‘good’ over evil.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Adoki, I have never EVER made secret the fact that I have APC sympathies.

            It is you who came along and castigated the APC leaders as deceivers and I asked you to name who is not deceiving you.

            I am still waiting for your idea of a Saint since all the ones in APC are “deceivers” according to you.

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  • Darlington Mudiaga Atumu

    He sent everyone on holiday….lol…is the house of assembly his private property….he closed the house of rep and sent adults on holiday….

  • Otile

    Imam Shekau is a strong jihadist.

  • Proudly NigerDeltan

    A look in retrospect, into the caliber and category of past Presidents and the region they come from underpins the very logical conclusion
    that Nigeria could never have fared better. It is visible to the blind, that 91% of continent Nigeria’s past Presidents have all come from the most backward region of Nigeria…Backward in every area in terms of all known developmental indices. How can people from the region with least development in everything – human & material resources, education, infrastructure etc, be the ones on the driver’s seat???

    Therefore, it would have been pure magic or if you like, grotesque abracadabra if continent Nigeria as a whole measured up to international standards in every facet of development. No doubt we are where we are…as continent Nigerians ignore the age long saying; ‘In the city of the blind, one eyed is made king’. Can the blind as it were lead s/he with one eye?

    It is not meant to slight any region, as the facts are there. Nigeria needs the very best…and we all know where Nigeria’s very best come from. Courage to say it, determination to do it, strength and will to fight it, are the problems with Nigeria bcos we are a continent and not a
    country. My comments will be bitter in the eyes and mind of s/he to whom truth is alien…but it doesn’t change the glaring facts.

    Jonathan may not be the best, in fact, he may be the worst continent Nigerian to be president. But when you want to force him out and
    replace him, you must replace him with a Southerner or Easterner. Pure & Simple. If the North rejects him bcos he is South, then it’s pure stupidity to expect me to accept some1 from your North. Unfortunately, out of sheer trepidation or cowardice or both, some regions have gone into this unholy alliance with the North to force Jona out. I only hope they have imagined & prepared for IMMEDIATE consequences? Nonsense!l