The Buhari Campaign Organization has extended a hand of fellowship to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, saying his purported entry into the race for the All Progressives Congress’ presidential ticket was a welcome development.
A statement issued yesterday by a member of the leadership of the campaign organization and strong loyalist of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd), Osita Okechukwu, said Tambuwal’s entry into the race will not jeopardize the celestial bond between the former head of state and the more than 12 million followers behind him across the country.
He said: “The entry of Rt.Hon. Aminu Tambuwal is a welcome development, the more the presidential aspirants or any aspirant to governor, Senate, national or state assemblies the merrier.
“Our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be the greatest beneficiary, as the mobilization of the electorate will be wider, penetrating and robust.
“Therefore, Hon Tambuwal is highly welcome into the presidential race. This is why the constitution of our party was amended penultimate week, to accommodate in less than one hour, any person who joins APC”.
On the speaker’s chances, the campaign organization said it could not hazard a guess as Tambuwal, unlike other experienced presidential hopefuls in the party such as Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, had never contested a nationwide election. “He only contested in a federal constituency and had never tested his popularity in Kano, Akure or Enugu”, the statement noted.
“All one knows is that his entry will neither diminish nor cut-off the celestial bond between GMB and the masses and the middle class of our dear country. The masses and middle class had renewed at every election GMB’s 12million Vote Bank, therefore, the contest at the end of the day is between President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and GMB”, it concluded.