After months of 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.
Mr. Tambuwal formally announced his defection Tuesday at the House plenary. The speaker, for months, denied he was moving to the APC despite openly associating with the party after series of reports.
Tambuwal who formally defected to the APC; “says it’s about my political fortunes in my home State”.
Tambuwal had attended a meeting of the opposition party in Sokoto State and denied defection even after attending such a meeting for APC stakeholders in the state.
He said the state governor, Aliyu Wammako, had invited him for the meeting after he was snubbed by a visiting PDP delegation to the state, led by Tony Anenih, the Board of Trustees chairman.
Mr. Tambuwal is expected to contest for the governorship of his native Sokoto State.
His months of denial is believed to have been informed by his concerns about losing his position as the speaker.
Shortly after the declaration Tuesday, Mr. Tambuwal adjourned sitting of the lower house of parliament to December 3.