The People’s Democratic Party (PDP),Sokoto state chapter and Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of the state have agreed to commence a nationwide consultation on the desirability or otherwise of his pursuing a bid for the Presidency under the auspices of the PDP.
Governor Tambuwal who recalled that his political career has shown a consistent struggle for democratic development also pointed out that he has never involved into any political striving without seeking the approval and blessing of the people of his state as well as constituency.
He, therefore, concluded to start a nationwide consultation process that will enable him to decided on whether to throw his heart in the ring or not.
He noted that: “I have listened to our party leaders, women and youths on the call that I should initiate and begin the process of consultations with a view of running and contesting for the President of Nigeria under the banner of our great party,”
Governor Tambuwal stated that he would launch the deliberations in earnest and announce the feedback he gets.
The Governor recalled that “the voices of wisdom, conscience and advices from our leaders reflecting, anchoring and leveraging on some part of my (political) history,” was accurate.”
He narrated that when members of the House of Representatives of the 7th Assembly approached him with their desire for him to constest for the position of Speaker, he gave them certain conditions, one of which was that he has leaders – late President Shehu Shagari, former Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko and two others in (Sokoto) state hence he has to inform them before he accepted their request.
According to him, he told them to go to his state and consult with these leaders. If they bless their initiative, he will accept their proposal and contest for the Speaker.
“When they came to Sokoto, President Shehu Shagari of blessed memory admonished them that: ‘if you are putting our son forward as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, your efforts must not be sectional or religious,’ “ he stressed, pointing to the direction of current political pursuits which thrust, he notes, must be based on a genuine effort to produce a President for the benefit of Nigeria and Nigerians.
This was contained in a Press release signed by the Special Adviser to the Sokoto State Governor on Media and Publicity Muhammad Bello and made available to Newsmen.