Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has denied insinuations that he plans to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Tambuwal denied the allegation shortly after a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
“Myself and Baba (referring Obansanjo) are in the PDP,” he said.
The Speaker was in the former president’s residence for a meeting which commenced at about 12.30 p.m. and lasted about two hours, to consult on matters of national interest.
He noted that the former president is a leader, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa, and that it is only appropriate for those in leadership positions to occasionally consult him on matters of national interest.
“That is why I am here. There are lots of issues in Nigeria today. Of course, there is the issue of Petrol Industry Bill, PIB, that we are considering in the House, while the Constitution amendment is also ongoing,” he said.
The Speaker said there are many other key and important legislations before the parliament and that the essence of making the consultation is to get inputs before deliberations are concluded.
Tambuwal was accompanied by three of his colleagues – the House minority leader, Sumaila Kawu, Ajibola Muraina and Aminu.