A Group of ‘Concerned Citizens of Sokoto State’ has called on the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to resign his position as governor following his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, the group made the call while addressing a press conference on Sunday.
The group’s coordinator, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, described Tambuwal’s exit from APC as betrayal of the people’s mandate as given him in the 2015 election. Abdullahi said Tambuwal’s emergence as Governor was not that he was popularly accepted by people of Sokoto, but because of the circumstances that PDP led Nigeria into then, as well as, the contributions of Senator Aliyu Wamakko and President Muhammadu Buhari. “We are speaking on behalf of Sokoto people that we are totally against Tambuwal’s decision to join PDP and we want him to immediately return our mandate by resigning his position as governor,’’ Abdullahi said.
He called on the authorities to investigate the alleged bribery of 18 lawmakers to join PDP along with Tambuwal and sponsoring of people from the 23 Local Government Areas to attend the Aug. 1 decamping event at Sokoto Government House. The group’s coordinator called on Tambuwal to either confirm or deny the allegations, stressing that it was said that N5 million was allegedly spent on each of the Local Government to transport people to the event.
He added that the group would begin educating people to recall any lawmaker that followed Tambuwal’s action, while suggesting that Nigeria’s Constitution should accommodate recall process of an elected governor. Abdullahi described Tambuwal’s comments on Federal Government not executing any project in Sokoto as misleading. He listed establishment of 8 Division of Nigerian Army, N8.7 billion FGN/CBN Intervention programnme in agriculture among others as Buhari’s good work to Sokoto people.
Abdullahi also urged Governor Tambuwal to account for N18.3 billion Paris Club refunds and N10.09 billion Salary/Pension arrears settlement facilities given by the Federal Government.
Others in attendance at the press conference were Retired Sqd. Leader, Aminu Bala-Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Gidan-Bango, Alhaji Usman Hassan and Alhaji Mu’azu Maigwanjo.