Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal yesterday met behind closed doors with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. John Oyegun at the party’s national secretariat.
Tambuwal who arrived the secretariat at about 12 noon was received at the office of the Deputy National Chairman, North of APC, Senator Shuaibu Lawal.
Though no official reasons were given for the visit, feelers around the secretariat said Tambuwal’s presence at the national office was not unconnected with the crisis at the National Assembly which has assumed a disturbing dimension with the lawmakers in the House raising 50 impeachable offenses against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Another reason, sources said, might be Tambuwal’s governorship ambition in Sokoto State.
On Tuesday, an aspirant of the office and former Attorney-General of the Sokoto State, Barrister Aliyu Abubakar Sanyinne told journalists that his forms were rejected by the national secretariat of the party after a long journey to Abuja.
Alleging an unwholesome practice since some of his colleagues’ forms were accepted some days ago, Sanyinne also said that he would seek redress by all means necessary, recalling that he had toiled to build the party in the state only to be hijacked by a “stranger”.
“I am surprised to hear that forms are no longer collected here. I have just been directed to take my forms back to Sokoto after traveling from Sokoto. I was informed that the forms should be submitted at the state secretariat instead of the national secretariat. Contrary to what we have read in the papers and in the circular sent by the national secretariat of the party. They said that that of the governor and that of the president shall be submitted to the national secretariat while those of state of assembly, senate and Reps be submitted through the secretariat. In brief, this is what has just transpired.
“We heard that he (Tambuwal) is one of the aspirants after he decided not to go for the presidency again. That is what we have been seeing on the pages of newspaper that he is going for governor. He has not been formerly welcome in our association of aspirants. We have a forum of aspirants in Sokoto consisting the five of us. He is a foreigner. He is a stranger to us.
Pressed to respond to questions of the state of affairs in the House and his governorship ambition, Tambuwal who had jumped into a car ready to drive himself away resorted to jokes, saying “Are you tired of hearing from me. I am tired of speaking o. No, no, it is not a meeting. It is just a nominal meeting”.