Running against GEJ: Tony Anenih, PDP leaders in secret meeting with Tambuwal

by Hauwa Gambo


As the rumours intensify about a presidential bid by Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, leaders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have held a “closed-door” meeting with the politician.

[READ: Tambuwal, Amaechi & the story of a desperate president]

According to Premium Times, “The party’s Board of Trustees, led by its Chairman, Tony Anenih, met with the speaker, in the company of former governors, Jim Nwobodo and Abdullahi Adamu; for minister, Jerry Gana, and former party chairman, Barnabas Gemade.”

Before the closed session, Mr. Anenih said the meeting was to discuss the insecurity in the country, relationship between the executive and the legislature, relationship with the party and other arms of

“I have said it that, people asking for Sovereign National Conference that, there is nothing national as National Assembly,” he said.

Mr. Tambuwal also sought to play down attention on the meeting, assuring the BOT team of his preparedness to ensure the House leadership continues to check the executive arm of government in line
with the provision of 1999 constitution.

“We have been working closely with the party and the executive arm of government to do exactly what we have campaigned for on the platform of our party,” the speaker said.

“We’ll continue to give Nigeria the best as an arm of government and as representatives of the people.”

But it was clear the meeting discussed more.

Some sources claimed the concern was the potential of Mr. Tambuwal exiting the party for the newly-formed All Progressives Congress. The Speaker recently held a secret meeting with two major leaders of the APC, Mohammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu; with reports suggesting the speaker was asked to join the new party and fly its presidential flag come 2015.

Mr. Tambuwal has not stated his decision, although lawmakers close to the speaker suggest that should he run for the presidency, he would align with the APC. An associate of the speaker said the latter was
cautious despite calls to take to the ring.

Should Mr. Tambuwal decide to run on the platform of his party, the PDP, he would have to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan for the party’s ticket.

Tambuwal might want to be careful though: the last time Anenih met with anyone, his name was Rotimi Amaechi, and the fight of his life began soon after.

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