It’s an open secret that the former Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, wants to defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and return to his old party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). PDP insiders have disclosed that some elements within the party (especially the PDP governors) prefer a Tambuwal candidacy to that of other contenders like former vice president Atiku Abubakar and former Jigawa governor Sule Lamido.
The APC is uncomfortable with the growing whispers about Tambuwal’s imminent defection, alongside at least two other state governors (Benue’s Gov. Ortom and Kwara’s Gov. Ahmed). So on Thursday, a delegation of five APC governors were in Sokoto to meet with their colleague at the Government House.
Led by Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, the APC governors said that they were in the state to commiserate with Tambuwal and the Sokoto people over the recent killings in Rabah local government area of the state.
Most observers believe that there was more to the closed door three-hour meeting that just passing condolences. Other governors in the delegation included those of Borno, Kashim Shettima; Adamawa, Jibrilla Bindow; Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar; Katsina, Aminu Masari; and Niger, Abubakar Sani Bello.
Why this matters
Things are expected to assume a fast pace in the next two weeks as several lawmakers in the senate and house of representatives led by senate president Bukola Saraki and house speaker Yakubu Dogara are expected to announce their defections.
When this happens, governors like Tambuwal are also expected to follow suit or in sync. The timing is crucial because party primaries are expected to hold by September and the Sokoto governor needs to move quickly if he intends to mount a strong challenge to other aspirants like Atiku Abubakar who have already covered lots of ground.