2015 Election – The Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has announced his withdrawal from the 2015 presidential race for now. The Speaker yesterday suspended his participation in the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential contest.
A statement on his political future personally signed by the speaker was, however, quiet on his political future.
Our report has it that Tambuwal would in the next days formally affirm his entry into the governorship contest in his native Sokoto State. The APC governorship ticket in the state has been zoned to his senatorial district.
Tambuwal’s decision to pull out of the contest was upon high level politicking and followed serious pressures after about 80 members of the House of Representatives purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for him to contest the presidential election.
Yesterday, the speaker commended all those who contributed the N27.5 million for the purchase of the forms which party sources disclosed would not be refunded.
Tambuwal Withdraw from Presidential Contest
While commending those who purchased the forms, he said the bid was not to actualize a personal ambition but to address the monumental challenges that have stifled growth, nurtured institutionalized corruption, gross incompetence among others, he said: “I am convinced that with the progressive spirit and teamwork these objectives are attainable under an APC administration.”
“I have carefully considered the concerns expressed by some of our leaders, whom I deeply respect and whose support and counsel I enjoy,to the effect that my entry into the presidential race at this point may necessitate having to rework some equations on the political chessboard of the party.”
“Having consulted widely, taking into consideration the concerns of some elders of the party, I have decided to suspend my participation in the presidential contest for now. I have done so as a sacrifice for the cohesion and unity of the APC. I am suspending my participation in the presidential race for now because I do not have any inordinate ambition to occupy any office”. Tambuwal said.