Defection of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has indeed opened a new vista in the gerrymandering ahead the 2015 election. Coming less than four months to another crucial round of elections in the country, the action is bound to create seamless eddies not just within ambits of the political parties but also among other major stakeholders in the Nigerian project.
To many perceptive observers, the action of the Sokoto State-born Speaker has not come as a surprise because of his steady, unpretentious romance with the opposition party, in spite of having been elected into the House under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He had consistently shoved aside strident criticisms from within his party for what the leaders considered as his gross anti-party activities. Perhaps, many still cannot easily connect that the mesh of controversies surrounding his personalities is deep- rooted in the circumstances that thrust him forward as Speaker. A seeming conspiracy by the opposition with some elements in the PDP had created a smooth path for him to ascend as the nation’s Number 3 citizen. To ensure that he did not only survive the stiff opposition from influential elements in the PDP, the external forces involved in the project took many well-coordinated measures to earn him legitimacy as Speaker, one of which was by taking him round to curry the favour of some other powerful forces across the country.
Tambuwal would not be the first as Speaker to have stirred the bees’ nest since Nigeria returned to civil rule on May 29, 1999. But the circumstances varied, such as the scenario that characterised the tenure of Alhaji Umar Ghali Na’Abba as the speaker of the House during the first four years of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The latter, who had confronted Obasanjo frontally over a number of perceived impeachable offences, suffered a temporary political haemorrage as he could not secure a second term ticket to the House. SEE MORE ON PAGE 2