We will do Everything Possible to Ensure He Contests – APC Gov.
Though the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal denied attending any meeting with members of the All Progressive Union, DAILYTIMES has authoritatively gathered he was invited to be wooed for presidency in 2015.
Our correspondent authoritatively gathered that Tambuwal had been invited to the meeting but through one of the defecting governors.
A source at the meeting revealed that because he was not confident enough to attend the meeting, APC decided to communicate to him through his (Sokoto) state governor, Aliyu Wamakko.
Those who attended Monday’s meeting included two leaders of the APC: former Head of state and 2011 Presidential candidate of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Muhammadu Buhari, and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu. Others are Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Babatunde Fashola of Lagos; Bola Ajimobi of Oyo, Musa Kwakwanso of Kano; Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto.
This is just in-line with a statement released by the spokesperson of the speaker, Imam Imam, which claimed that Tambuwal went to see the Sokoto governor.
“The speaker went to see his governor who sought to see him and he went there before the meeting commenced and it did not commence before he left the lodge,” he said.
In our investigation, it was gathered that APC governors have decided to find all means to flag Tambuwal as the party’s presidential candidate in 2015.
The source said, “This is a big drama in the political of this country. Whether they want it or not, we have massively suggested that Tambuwal is the best person for our presidential candidate and we will ensure it happens by all means. We brought him to a venue where we are all present so that he would know that we are serious.
“We have invited him for a meeting and sent his state governor to him.
So, he is aware of our intention to get him into the party. He is a neutral person who still maintains high sense of integrity among Nigerians so if we use him, we can easily achieve our goal of bring the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.”
However, attempt to speak with Tambuwal proved abortive. A close source to the speaker told our correspondent that Tambuwal was aware of APC’s moves to have him with them.
He said, “Though the speaker is not also happy with what is happening in PDP, he has not declared his intention. But it is not impossible for him to join APC if he is offered to contest for president in 2015.”
However, it should be recalled that Tambuwal has recently attended some events organised by APC governors and members.
Part of which is the launching of ‘Opon Imo’ (Tablet of knowledge) in Osun State.
For the first time, Tambuwal, a PDP member, also sent one Femi Gbajabiamila, an APC member to represent him at a leadership summit organised for Ambasador Kolade.