Defeated presidential aspirant, Hon Aminu Tambuwal is facing serious challenge at the home front after his defeat at the Port Harcourt Convention of the PDP. Reports from the state indicated that old PDP members in the state are contemplating quitting the party in protest at their neglect by the party.
It was gathered that many PDP leaders in the state including the former governorship candidate of the party in 2015 race, Senator Abdallah Wali are reported to be contemplating leaving the PDP for APC.
The rupture within the state chapter of the party is saId to have compounded the challenges facing the Governor’s camp as many leading APC leaders had earlier refused to follow him into the PDP.
A source close to the development said “ Tambuwal may fail the election next year. The state PDP is sharply divided and many will soon move out. Those who stay may do anti-party.Many PDP members love Atiku Abubakar but they will revolt because of the Governor. He treated those he met within the party badly. The party also pampered him and trampled on the right of other members”, the source said.
Meanwhile,Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has congratulated former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for picking the Presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 general elections.
Atiku bashed the apparently preferred candidate, Tambuwal, by 1,532 votes to 693 votes at the party’s elective convention held in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
The 52-year-old governor is generally believed to be sponsored by some governors and kingmakers of PDP.
Tambuwal’s congratulatory message is contained in a letter dated Oct. 8, to the 72-year-old Fulani-born presidential candidate of PDP.
With the win of the primary, Atiku would square up with his kinsman, 75-year-old President Muhammadu Buhari.
In the letter, Tambuwal pledged to support the presidential bid of Atiku.
“On behalf of myself, my family, and millions of my supporters from across the length and breadth of the country, I heartily rejoice with and congratulate you on your emergence as the flag bearer of our great political party, the PDP.
“Your emergence through a transparent process is a testament to the fact that the PDP is now a reformed party and has sent a strong signal about our resolve to bring about the desired national transformation needed to turn around the fortunes of our beloved nation Nigeria,” he said.
Tambuwal promised to work with Atiku to ensure that he emerged victorious in the 2019 general elections, and urged members of the PDP to roll up their sleeves to ensure victory for it.