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Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014

2015: The Tambuwal-Wamakko factor (II)

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By Aminu Mohammed

In the political history of Sokoto state no incumbent has had the privilege of having his anointed choice elected because apart from Bafarawa who tried in 2007 and failed those before him never had the opportunity to do so. In 1981, Mohammed Shehu Kangiwa died in office and his deputy, Dr Garba Nadama took over and finished that tenure. Nadama was however elected governor in 1983 but his tenure was short-lived because of a military coup. In 1991, Malam Yahaya Abdulkarim was elected governor but could not finish his tenure as a result of another military coup that brought Abacha to power. However, Bafarawa was lucky to complete two-terms in office but his anointed candidate Maigari Dingyadi was floored by Wamakko who had a running battle with Bafarawa when they were governor and deputy respectively.

Although, Wamakko is yet to officially endorse Tambuwal as his preferred candidate, political analysts believe there is no smoke without fire. A careful analysis of November 18, 2012 citation on Tambuwal and recent political events in the state are pointers to the direction and very soon the political climate would be clear for those who predicted this union to be proved right and those who have been opposing it to be told that in politics, nothing is impossible. Going through the list of governorship aspirants in the APC, Tambuwal who is yet to officially declare appears to be the best of them all. So far, there are a about four aspirants whose posters have been visible at all the major roundabouts in the state capital while same number of aspirants in the PDP also have their posters floating at every available nook and cranny in the state but who among them has the qualities of Tambuwal as aptly described by Governor Wamakko?

In the APC, before October 20, 2014 when Tambuwal appeared on the scene, the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Faruku Malami Yabo was at the fore-front while posters of the permanent secretary ministry of education Sokoto, Bello Abubakar Gwiwa and Abubakar Sanyinna who is heading the state Assembly Commission are everywhere. The PDP also has aspirants like Senator Abdallah Wali Senator Abubakar Gada, former sports minister, Yusuf Suleiman and the deputy governor of the state Barrister Mukhtari Shagari in contention. These eight and Tambuwal are so far those praying to succeed Wamakko. Although, all the aspirants believe they have what it takes to win but in the end the people will decide and if by any chance there is a political survey now, Tambuwal would surely be the man to beat.

In fact, I once stated in an earlier article titled who steps into Wamakko’s shoes that there is no candidate like Tambuwal and that any day he declares for the race will be the end of campaign activities because as Wamakko stated, the Speaker does not need any introduction. He does not need any political marketing and in short he does not need any campaign but as a political virtual, his supporters will push him to do so. As we await Wamakko to anoint Tambuwal or perhaps as we await the APC and the PDP to come out with their consensus candidates, the news on the front burner in Sokoto and Nigeria entirely is the awaited official defection of Speaker Tambuwal from the PDP to the APC and his eventual declaration to contest for the Sokoto state governorship election in 2015. For now, a committee headed by governor Wamakko has been appointed to come out with consensus candidates for the APC and if the party wants to floor the PDP at the 2015 polls, those contesting with Tambuwal should in the interest of the party allow the Speaker to run against whoever the PDP decides to nominate as its consensus candidate because there is no better candidate for the APC like Tambuwal and governor Wamakko should be commended for his foresight to bring Tambuwal into the APC family.

The Wamakko factor in Sokoto politics is still visible and dominant in Sokoto politics and it would be difficult for the PDP to break it now. In the last seven years, the governor has single handedly maintained a political structure that will be hard to crack. His performance in office, his humble nature, his magnanimity and compassion have all endeared him to the people and whoever he anoints as his successor is sure to be the next governor. The PDP is a house divided and if Tambuwal is to contest under the PDP, in spite of his popularity, he may face difficult challenges internally because the Bafarawa factor is no longer relevant in Sokoto politics, therefore there is no better choice for him than to follow Wamakko who has firm grip of political dominance in Sokoto.

As for the APC aspirants who have shown interest before Tambuwal stepped in, they should know that “gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and turns whatever we have into enough and more!! They should be grateful to Wamakko for all of them are where they are today because he played a vital role for them to be there. As for Mr. Speaker, local politics is dirtier than what goes on in the House of Representatives because every local voter believes he is part of the success story and should be heard, so listen, think and act by applying the principle of fairness so that like your mentor, the story will have a happy ending.Concluded

Aminu Mohammed wrote in from Abuja.


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