Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, recently revealed an alleged ploy by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to bribe him with a Federal Government constructed road to his village, following news of his intention to defect from the party.
Backstory: Coming weeks after sharing a ride with President Muhammadu Buhari in Sokoto to pay respects to the family of the late president Shehu Shagari, the Sokoto governor asked voters to kick out the ruling APC from government.
Addressing party supporters at Silame Local Government Area of Sokoto State, during a rally to officially kick off his re-election campaign for governorship under the PDP, Tambuwal, complained about the incompetence of the Buhari-led APC government especially in areas such as poverty alleviation, and tackling the rising cases of insurgency in the country.
They tried to bribe him?: Here’s what Tambuwal said, “When they realized I was about to leave the APC, they hurriedly packaged a road contract in my village to plead with me not to leave. We cannot continue to tolerate a government that has abandoned its people. The APC hates to invest in our people. Sokoto State will punish the APC at the elections. We will mobilize our people to come out en-masse to vote for PDP. We don’t make empty boasts like our opponents. We speak with our thumbs and PVCs and by next month, we will humble them,” he said.
On recent defections from the PDP: “Sokoto is a PDP state, there is no doubt about that. No matter what some propagandists may say, this state will be delivered to the PDP 100 percent. How can anyone claim that 50,000 of our solid and faithful members defected to APC in the small courtyard of Senator Wamakko. We cannot be detained by the past, especially by those who plundered the state resources and wanted us to keep quiet. By the special grace of Allah, there will be no retreat, no surrender. We will not surrender our state to people who do not mean well for our people.”
Bottom line: The PDP will be relying heavily on Tambuwal in the February elections. The North West is President Buhari’s home base, and if he manages the kinds of numbers he pulled off in 2015 in that region, then the PDP can kiss its chances goodbye. The role of men like Tambuwal and former Kano Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso, will be crucial for the opposition’s chances.