2015: Tambuwal meets with Obasanjo again

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 13th, 2014
Aminu Tambuwal

Aminu Tambuwal

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal yesterday visited Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital to hold a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, triggering speculation that he had started consultations on his purported ambition to contest the 2015 presidential election.

This makes it the second time Tambuwal will be visiting the former president within a space of five months.

Tambuwal, who met the former leader at his Hilltop GRA residence on Tuesday, held a 20-minute closed-door meeting with the ex-president but refused to disclose what was discussed between both of them.

Notwithstanding his refusal to speak on why he paid a second visit to Obasanjo, sources in the House said Tambuwal had commenced consultation on the next line of action in his political ambition.

Sources say the Speaker may have made up his mind to contest for the presidency but is consulting those who matter in the country before taking the big leap. He is also said to have started consultations on the choice of political party in order to realize his ambition with a view to consolidating his chances in 2015.

According to informed sources, after finalizing with Obasanjo, the Speaker intends to meet with other former Heads of state and stakeholders, both on the legislative mandate and his plan for the future.

Tambuwal, if accepted to throw his ‘hat into the ring’, is expected to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he has openly flirted with and its leaders from inception.

His anticipated decamp from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on whose platform he was elected into the federal legislature, would however present a dilemma for the House of Representatives, as he would be required to step down as Speaker since the PDP still has more members in the lower chamber.

While justifying the reasons for Tambuwal’s visit to Obasanjo, the speaker’s media aide, Alhaji Imam Imam, said the meeting was a routine one, saying the Speaker visited “Baba” occasionally as the father of all.

His words, “You know Baba is a father to all in the country. The meeting was a consultation. It is about rubbing of minds on how to move the country forward and make Nigeria better.”#

On whether it had any connection to the rumoured presidential ambition of the Speaker, Imam said the meeting was a closed-door one, hence he could not comment on what transpired. He, however, revealed that a decision on the speaker’s political future would be reached soon.

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