Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, presidential aspirant under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that he forfeited his second term as a governor under APC because of his commitment to the unity and development of Nigeria.
He made this known in Ibadan, Oyo state during his campaign to the south west geo-political zone were he promised to provide purposeful and visionary leadership that will unite the country. Tambuwal, who is also the governor of Sokoto state, told a crowd of PDP supporters and delegates at the Osun state party secretariat on Wednesday that there is the urgent need to provide a credible alternative that will outshine the All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by Muhammadu Buhari, which has failed in all areas.
He said, “This country is at a cross road. We need leaders that can bring people together and reunite them. We need to also provide jobs for our youths and women; there is a lot of poverty all over the land”.
He continued by saying, “We know how PDP left the economy of this country and we know what is happening today. Don’t mind what they are telling you, it’s just simple lies. The economy is not doing well. The fight against corruption is selective and indeed there are no jobs for our people. So have they not failed on their promises to our people?”.
Why I forfeited my second term as a governor “Yes, I am serving my first term as Sokoto state governor, with the probability of winning a second term by 60-70 percent but because of my patriotism and commitment to the development of this country, I decided to not only volunteer but also heed to the calls of Nigerians not just to run for the presidency but also leave the APC, which had majority in the north west and that is not a small decision that I decided to the unity of this country because things are not going well in Nigeria and we are all aware of it and we need to do something. It is for us to rally round and effect a change of government at the centre and that is my motivation”.
He also acknowledged that Nigerian security services cannot protect the country because they are understaffed and ill-equipped.