It was a dramatic session yesterday on the floor of the House of Representatives when Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal “appeared” to have defected from his current party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as he raised the hands of three of his colleagues who, like him, are contesting for governorship seats in their respective states but under the platform of the PDP.
The Speaker, who is the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress in Sokoto state raised the hands of the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who are seeking for governorship on the platform of the PDP in Imo and Enugu States respectively.
The drama started as Hon. Dakuku Peterside of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who is the party’s governorship candidate in Rivers State went to Alhaji Tambuwal for a private discussion. But instead of having the discussion in private, the speaker called on his deputy, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and another lawmaker, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, both of the PDP to be part of the meeting. When they arrived, Tambuwal stood up and raised their hands, as they all laughed jokingly and their other colleagues on the floor joined them.
Seeing what was done, other representatives including Samson Osagie, John Enoh, Abubakar Momoh and Uche Ekwunife, who are seeking for the senatorial tickets in their respective states also went to meet the Speaker for the same “blessings” which further increased the laughter in the floor of the house.
As a point of order, Minority leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said that the air needed to be cleared as regards the party Mr. Speaker now belonged to as his actions seemed to be suggesting something. But instead of given a straight reply that will lay to rest all possible doubts, the speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal further raised suspicions by replying that his party is the “Federal Republic of Nigeria” which is what is written in the number-plate of his official car and not the logo of any political party.
What do you think? Is Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal holding his cards very close to his chest?