The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has reacted to the comment made by the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who said the governor and the Senate President, Bulla Saraki, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party because they were denied automatic ticket for 2019 election.
In reaction, Tambuwal said he always had the opportunity to contest on the Presidency as if he wanted on the platform of the APC, as he has what it takes to compete with President Muhammadu Buhari and defeat him.
According to a statement on Sokoto State’s Twitter handle, @sokotogovthouse, Tambuwal said; “If I wanted to and if the Presidency is what (why) Ahmed Tinubu thinks I defected, I could contest with President Buhari under the APC. I have what it takes to have contested with Mr. President.”
“Tinubu tried to rock the boat when he was denied Buhari’s vice presidency. He thinks every other person could behave his way. If I wanted to contest under the APC as president, I could have done so and only the votes could have produced a winner.
“In any case, Tinubu is confessing that there is no level-playing ground for all members of the APC; that there is no internal democracy in it and that some people were denied their right to internal democracy.”
FELLOW PRESS reported that Tinubu had made the allegation on Sunday that Tambuwal wants to become president: “Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the Presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary.Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination,” Tinubu said in a statement titled, “They go away because we go the right way,” which he personally signed.