Wednesday, October 29, 2014

House Speaker Tambuwal dumps PDP for APC, shuts House till Dec 3, PDP asks him to do the needful

Aminu Tambuwal

After months of speculation and denial, the speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for main opposition, All Progressives Congress, APC.

Tambuwal formally announced his defection on Tuesday at the House plenary. He said he was heeding to the calls of members of his constituency.

After making the announcement of his defection to the APC, Tambuwal adjourned the plenary session of the House till December 3.

The PDP has in a statement released yesterday, asked Tambuwal to resign.

"After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC (National Working Committee) came to a conclusion that the Hon. Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority. We are not unmindful of the fact that Hon. Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has not changed". the PDP said.

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