Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has formally defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), an action long expected. Tambuwal made the announcement while addressing supporters at Government House, Sokoto on Wednesday. He tweeted: I have consulted widely especially with the people of Sokoto and they have confidently assured me of my next political move. I hereby defect officially to the @OfficialPDPNig.”
Tambuwal, a lawyer and former speaker of the House of Representatives, is the third governor to defect to PDP, following the footsteps of Samuel Ortom of Benue and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara. By defecting, Tambuwal has now crossed the red line, in his relationship with his godfather, Senator Aliyu Wammako, who played a lot of role to instal him as governor in 2015. Wammako remains a pillar of APC and has reportedly warned Tambuwal about the political gamble.
But the former speaker, who has a presidential ambition and was also a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party, up till 2014, when he joined the APC, was adamant. Investigations revealed that he does not have the support of all members of the state legislature and his former cabinet, leading to the dissolution of the cabinet, several weeks ago.
Tambuwal, 52, was born 10 January 1966. He attended Usmanu Danfodiyo University, where he obtained his law degree.