A statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari concerning Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal when he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dug out by Premiumtimes.
In the statement, Buhari thanked the then Speaker of the House of Representatives for taking such a decision.
He said the Speaker did not only take a risk by dumping the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join the opposition APC, but also strategically adjourned the House till December apparently to douse tension.
“We will like to thank Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal for what he did yesterday. We were overwhelmed,” the former head of state said. “And it was only yesterday I admit that I ask what profession is he and I was told he was a lawyer, I say no wonder.
“Taking such a remarkable risk and sending everybody on holidays till December is an achievement. By now we will be sounding like a broken record about the objective of the APC. Our intention God willing is to secure this country and to efficiently mend it. So God help us.”
However, the same Tambuwal who dumped the PDP for APC prior to the 2015 elections is heavily linked to return to his former party, PDP. The APC has in recent times been hit with lots of defections. Last week, 13 senators dumped the party and pitched their tent with PDP. Also, 37 house of reps members dumped the party with huge speculations that the speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, will follow suit. Just yesterday, Senate president Bukola Saraki finally dumped the APC and returned to the PDP which he and Tambuwal dumped prior to the 2015 elections. Two governors, Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara state and Samuel Ortom of Benue state decamped to the PDP this week. It is stated that Tambuwal is likely to announce his defection from the APC before the week runs out.