By Clifford Ndujihe
AFTER weeks of discussions with leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, will defect to the opposition party, early next week. Specifically, and barring last-minute hitches, sources close to the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, said he will defect on Sunday. Penultimate week, Tambuwal, alongside the Kwara State Governor, Abdufatah Ahmed, met with national leaders of the PDP. Considered to be angling for the presidency in 2019, the governor is said not to be in the good books of some powers in the presidency, said to have been behind recent subtle media attacks on the governor over his policies in Sokoto State among others.
The hitherto peaceful caliphate woke up to attacks by unknown persons who invaded the state from a border town. After the mayhem, no fewer than 35 people were killed, thousands of people were displaced and several houses and other property were destroyed. In a statement, Tambuwal attributed the widespread killings across the country and the seeming inability of the security agencies to secure lives and property of citizens to “failure of leadership” and ineptitude in spite of the huge amount of money being spent on security by the Buhari administration.. He also called for the re-jigging of the national security architecture, in order to make it more effective and efficient. His attribution of the killings to ”leadership failure,” sources said angered some forces in the presidency. Besides, Tambuwal’s Agriculture policy, under the “Cattle Breeding, Milk and Beef Production Project,” which the Sokoto State
Government said is designed to make the state a model of modern agriculture hub especially in animal husbandry that is driven by technology as against the current problematic mode of cattle herding in Nigeria, is also generating angst against him. Said the source: ”Tambuwal’s cattle-breeding policy in Sokoto is said to be offensive to a federal government that is determined to set up cattle colonies. Following the senseless killing, this project that is to train the people ‘in the new and modern methods of Cattle Breeding for sustainable upgrading of our Local Cattle Breeds in the state and beyond for maximum productivity in terms of good quality Milk and Beef production’ is now in danger of abandonment, as many of the expatriate and other personnel working on the project, have become so frightened by the recent carnage that they are now expressing unwillingness to remain in the area. The horrendous killings were curiously carried out in the same Rabah area of the state where this project is sited.
”The ill fate that befell Sokoto was just a mindless ploy by some interests, to bully Governor Tambuwal, and blackmail him into abandoning his 2019 presidential ambition. But the governor has made up his mind. He will the APC and decamp to the PDP on Sunday.”