Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has been reportedly meeting secretly with top politicians from the North.
According to sources who spoke to Daily Independent, the speaker has also set up the Tambuwal Presidential Project, (TPP), whose membership is drawn from top politicians in the North, members of the National Assembly, as well as APC chieftains, who are not disposed to General Mohammadu Buhari’s presidential ambition.
Top APC officials who are not in favour of Buhari running for the post of President are said to be holding secret meetings to convince the Speaker who is seen as the most acceptable among Northern politicians desperately yearning for power to return to the North in 2015, to join the party and contest the Presidential ticket of the party.
Those in the North are of the opinion that Tambuwal, coming from Sokoto State, a key North Western state of the country, would be a better candidate to compete with President Goodluck Jonathan in the event that he (Jonathan) emerged the PDP presidential candidate.
According to an APC member of the House of Representatives, who pleaded anonymity, majority of the members are in support of Tambuwal’s presidential ambition and are already working round the clock to sell the idea to other Nigerians.
He said: “We have gone far with the Tambuwal Presidential Project (TPP); we have reached virtually all nooks and cranny of this country to seek support of major stakeholders within and outside the APC. We are very comfortable with the response we have received so far. Nigeria and Nigerians would get a better deal if and when we translate the TPP into reality In-Sha Allah.”
There have been strong indications that Tambuwal may dump the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for the opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), following the pressure being mounted on him by the opposition and barring any last minute change, he will contest the 2015 Presidential elections under the banner of APC.
Some days back, Tambuwal held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State and there were insinuations it may not be unconnected with his 2015 political ambition.