Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has welcomed Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following his defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Reacting to Tambuwal's defection, Abubakar wrote on his verified Twitter handle: "Governor Aminu Tambuwal welcome home to PDP, the only truly pan-Nigerian party."
Tambuwal became the latest big wig to join the PDP when he renounced his membership of the APC while addressing his supporters on Wednesday.
Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed; and Bolaji Abdullahi, APC National Publicity Secretary, had earlier renounced their membership of the ruling party.
Giving his reasons for dumping APC, Tambuwal in his address to his supporters, said: “Politicians and political leaders, groups and group leaders, stakeholders in the development of our state and our nation, fellow indigenes of Sokoto State and citizens of our great country, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen. It is with gratitude to Almighty Allah, our Sustainer that I address you on a matter of great importance to our nation at this auspicious moment in our political history. I stand before you with a heavy heart, wishing I had cheery words of progress, instead of the sad report that I am constrained to give you on the situation of our dear nation,” he said.
“The struggle for democracy is one that began with our fight for independence as a sovereign nation. To this end, the blood, freedom and other liberties of our past heroes and contemporary veterans were sacrificed. 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.
“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.”