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2015: Tambuwal ‘all set’ to defect to APC

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This, according to sources, is in
preparation for the 2015 presidential
election.
He will defect to the APC just in time
to express interest in the presidential
ticket of the opposition party, a
member of the house of reps told
TheCable on Sunday.
Parties are scheduled to hold their
presidential conventions in October,
going by the timetable for the 2015
elections drawn up by the
Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC).
Tambuwal gave the biggest hint
yet about his planned defection on
Sunday in his hometown, Tambuwal,
Sokoto State, where he went to pick
his permanent voter’s card.
Asked if he was going to defect to
the APC, he replied in Hausa: “Kowa
ni tsuntsu kukan gidan su yake yi.”
Interpreted, it means “birds of the
same feather flock together”.
He also said Nigeria can do “with
good leadership”.
Although he is a member of the PDP,
he was elected speaker in 2011
against the wish of the party
leadership and has openly associated
with the opposition without officially
defecting.
The ruling party had zoned the
position to the south-west, but the
defunct Action Congress of Nigeria
(which is now part of APC) teamed
up with pro-Tambuwal PDP
lawmakers as well as those from
other opposition parties to edge out
the PDP candidate, Mrs Mulikat
Akande-Adeola.
TheCable asked one of Tambuwal’s
associates if he would vacate his
position as a result of the defection,
but he replied: “There is nothing in
the law that says the speaker must
come from the ruling party. It simply
says someone with legislative
experience should be elected
speaker.”
In 1979, the speaker of the house of
representatives, Hon. Edwin Ume-
Ezeoke, was from the Nigeria Peoples
Party (NPP), although the ruling party
was the National Party of Nigeria
(NPN).

However, both NPP and NPN were in
alliance, leading to a power-sharing
agreement. Read more on the cable

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