Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor announced his defection on Wednesday at a press conference in the Government House, Sokoto, North-West Nigeria.
“Politicians and political leaders, groups and group leaders, stakeholders in the development of our state and our nation, fellow indigenes of Sokoto State and citizens of our great country, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen. It is with gratitude to Almighty Allah, our Sustainer that I address you on a matter of great importance to our nation at this auspicious moment in our political history. I stand before you with a heavy heart, wishing I had cheery words of progress, instead of the sad report that I am constrained to give you on the situation of our dear nation,” he said.
“The struggle for democracy is one that began with our fight for independence as a sovereign nation. To this end, the blood, freedom and other liberties of our past heroes and contemporary veterans were sacrificed. The current dispensation began in 1999, as the watershed of our toil, which granted to us a democratic system that is striving to evolve and survive.
“ As the speaker of the house of representatives then, I left my comfort zone to be involved in the struggle for the enthronement of purposeful leadership for the citizens of our dear country.
“Now, almost four years into what ought to be a new order as desired and elected by Nigerians, the nation is, unfortunately, going through the most difficult and precarious times, since the civil war; with ethno, religious and regional distrust at its highest ebb.”
His defection comes less than 24 hours after Senate President Bukola Saraki and governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed, left the APC for PDP.
Also the APC Spokesperson Bolaji Abdullahi also resigned from the party.