BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Wednesday dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stressing that he is saddened by the fact that lethargy, incompetence and sustained denial of obvious leadership missteps have become the major raw materials with which the Nigerian State is being run today.
Tambuwal said that he is convinced that no nation can thrive while there is inequity and bad governance; adding that good governance, viz-a-viz economic wellbeing of the people, remains the major reason for his leaving the APC.
He said that because he is unwilling to be part of frightful conspiracy against the cohesion of the Nigerian State, Nigerian youths and peoples and because he is unable to feel at ease in the face of a progressively divided nation and, above all, totally unable to reconcile himself to a national leadership that offers no redeeming moral beacons that he has to announce the withdrawal of his membership of the All Progressives Congress and return to the People’s Democratic Party.
The former Speaker of the House of Reps, noted that the APC has brazenly turned itself into a sanctuary for the corrupt, a machine for rigging and for the rape of democracy.
Tambuwal explained that that all attempts to discuss the electoral promises of the APC-led government, including the restructuring of the country as promised Nigerians and as contained in the APC manifesto, proved abortive.
He further said; “I speak to you today with a mixture of sadness and relief because I did not expect that the APC, which promised so much when the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), stood under the sway of impunity, could not maintain or manage whatever good it inherited.
“It has also not broken new grounds in any positive sense, but has instead reached historically unprecedented heights of impunity in all manner of vices far above and beyond the challenges which made some of us to leave the PDP about four years ago to join others to form the APC.”
Tambuwal noted that the struggle for democracy is one that began with our fight for independence as a sovereign nation, adding that to this end, the blood, freedom and other liberties of our past heroes and contemporary veterans were sacrificed.
He said 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, saying that through those years, the forces of genuine change gravitated and by 2015, merged to ensure a transition of power that Nigerians hoped would herald a new order of true democracy under an atmosphere of justice, peace, equity and the rule of law.
In his words; “The leaders of that coalition represented and symbolized the aspiration of Nigerians for progress and prosperity under one united, indivisible nation.
“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.
“This development had often been blamed on political opponents. Meanwhile, there are issues of brazen inequity and capacity and questionable distribution of appointments/projects. This is in addition to lack of statesmanship in responding to national issues, among other things that are for aggravating the anomaly,” the Sokoto State governor said.
Tambuwal also said that he is convinced that no nation can thrive while there is inequity and bad governance, adding that he is saddened by the fact that lethargy, incompetence and sustained denial of obvious leadership missteps have become the major raw materials with which the Nigerian State is being run today.
In his words; “because I am unwilling to be part of frightful conspiracy against the cohesion of the Nigerian State, Nigerian youths and peoples; because I am unable to feel at ease in the face of a progressively divided nation and, above all, because I am totally unable to reconcile myself to a national leadership that offers no redeeming moral beacons that I am here with you today; to announce withdrawal of my membership of the All Progressives Congress and return to the People’s Democratic Party.”