SOKOTO State governor Aminu Tambuwal, has left Nigeria’s ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC), to the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor announced his exit from the ruling party to the opposition party on Wednesday at a press conference at the Sokoto government house.
“I have consulted widely especially with the people of Sokoto and they have confidently assured me of my next political move. I hereby defect officially to the @OfficialPDPNig,” Tambuwal posted on his Twitter handle.
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Tambuwal announced his defection a day after he called on Nigerians to reject what he described as “prison-yard democracy”.
Speculation is rife that the former Speaker of the House of Representative wants to run for the presidential seat in February 2019.
Tambuwal was a member of PDP before he defected to the APC in 2014. He contested as the governor of Sokoto under APC in 2015. His return to PDP has been welcomed by the party in a post on Twitter.
The Sokoto Governor becomes the third governor to defect from the ruling APC party after Benue state governor Samuel Ortom and Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara state joined PDP.