The national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State defected from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party because the APC refused to give them automatic tickets for the 2019 elections.
This is contained in a statement entitled “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way”.
“Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary.
Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination,” Tinubu said.
“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left. His exit had nothing to do with governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it”.
According to Tinubu, the situation is similar for the Senate President and he claims the PDP promised him the Senate Presidency.
He faulted the arguments of both Saraki and Tambuwal that the APC had failed to live up to expectations.
Tinubu said “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number 3 citizen. Clothed is he in ample power and influence.
“If he saw areas where government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.