Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives Hon. Aminu Tambuwal is expected to declare his decision to dump the PDP and join the opposition APC anytime soon inside the chambers of the National Assembly.
For almost two years, he has been hobnobbing with the APC while also dining with his party PDP. The governor of his home state Sokoto, Aliyu Wamakko, has since joined the APC.
Tambuwal owes his election as speaker to members of the APC, which was formed early 2013 after the amalgamation of four opposition parties.
His next move is not yet clear, though it was once rumoured he would run for president or governor. He may still seek to return to the House of Reps.
While he dithered to make a declaration, PDP stalwarts had asked him to jump or be pushed. The ruling party had set machinery in motion for Tambuwal’s impeachment as speaker at the earliest opportunity. Secret meetings were being held in this regard, but Tambuwal was aware of the moves. With the deadline for party primaries drawing near, Tambuwal has now decided to come clean.