The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to the meeting between Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and some chieftains of the party over his presidential ambition.
POLITICS NIGERIA had reported that the governor had met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Senate President David Mark and former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) to discuss his presidential aspiration with them.
Reacting to the meeting, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said the opposition party is not aware of the agenda of the meeting, adding that Tambuwal has the right to meet with any member of the party.
Ologbondiyan noted that zoning was not yet on the agenda of PDP. He stated that the party is concentrating on the governorship elections in Edo, Ondo and other by-elections slated for September and October, 2020.
But another party source, who spoke on Tambuwal’s consultations, said: “In PDP, the manner of zoning is not clear, but the governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, stands out clearly.
“He is the youngest in the race with a loaded credentials both in the executive and legislature arms of government. Moreover, he is a lawyer. That is the judicial arm.”
According to him, Tambuwal has solid credentials that makes him fit for the job, adding that the governor also enjoys the support of PDP governors, who form a critical power bloc in the party.
“Take it or leave it, political pundits say that he is the aspirant to beat. He carries PDP governors along with him and the South-east is merely jostling for the vice presidential position,” the source said.