From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has accepted to kick start nationwide consultations on presidential bid under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) come 2023 general elections.
This is happening as a result of series of calls by the state chapter of the party.
Alhaji Tambuwal on Monday agreed to begin a nationwide consultation on his desirability or otherwise to pursue a bid for the presidency under the auspices of the PDP.
The governor, who recalled that the trajectory of his political career has shown a consistent struggle for democratic astuteness, also pointed out that he has never ventured into any political striving without seeking the approval and blessing of the people of his state as well as constituency.
He, therefore, concurred to start a nationwide consultation process that would enable him decide whether to throw his heart in the ring or not.
“I have listened to our party leaders, women and youths on the call that I should initiate and begin the process of consultations with a view of running and contesting for the president of Nigeria under the banner of our great party,” he said.
Thereafter, he proffered that he would launch the deliberations in earnest and announce what feedback he gets.
Going down memory lane, Governor Tambuwal recalled that: “The voices of wisdom, conscience and advices from our leaders reflecting, anchoring and leveraging on some part of my (political) history, was accurate.”
He narrated that: “When members of the House of Representatives of the 7th Assembly approached with their desire for me to contest for the position of Speaker, I gave them certain conditions, one of which was that I have leaders – late President Shehu Shagari, former Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko and two others in Sokoto State.
“I told them to go to my state and consult with these leaders. If they bless your initiative, I will accept your proposal and contest for the Speaker.
“When they came to Sokoto, President Shehu Shagari of blessed memory admonished them that: ‘if you are putting our son forward as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, your efforts must not be sectional or religious,’” he stressed.
He pointed out that the direction of current political pursuits must be based on a genuine effort to produce a president for the benefit of the country and its people.