The Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal on Wednesday, met with the Governor of Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, The Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike and former Delta Governor, James Ibori at Asaba.
The governors retired to the Delta State Government House after attending a showcase of Delta’s Youth Empowerment Programme.
Why it matters: Tambuwal, elected on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is the immediate past Speaker of the House of Representatives, on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He defected to the APC at the last minute in 2015 to pick the ticket to run for governor. He won and succeeded Aliyu Wamako, who is now a senator.
Highlights: The large crowd mostly PDP faithful broke into a chorus as they arrived for the products exhibition and business fair to showcase the Okowa administration’s youth empowerment programme.
The Okowa administration’s youth empowerment programme centres on its Skills Training & Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).
The twin-scheme has trained 2,324 unemployed youth and established them in their choice enterprises.
Ibori said: “I come into this arena Asaba Arcade with a great sense of nostalgia. I remember that it was at this venue on May 29, 2007, that I transferred power to Dr Eweta Uduaghan. Since that time, this is my first outing here and I am indeed very pleased that you have invited me to be with my people. Thank you very much for this opportunity”.
He praised Okowa for empowering unemployed youth in the state, while endorsing the incumbent Gov. Okowa for a second term in office.
He said, “The day the people of Delta made that choice to make you their governor, they did it knowing full well that you will deliver and thank God you are delivering. Let me place on record my gratitude to you for remembering our unemployed youth, because at the end of the day when you and I are gone, they will be the ones to take over.
“I might be watching from the sidelines, but today I want to make it abundantly clear again that you are doing very well. May God continue to guide you, give you peace and sharpen your vision so that at the end of your tenure in eight years so that Delta will be the best for it.”
Tambuwal arrived after the ceremony. He only joined to see the exhibition while Wike was part of the event.
At the end of the ceremony Tambuwal left for the Government House with Okowa and Ibori.
What this means: Wike has been said, alongside the governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, to be the brain behind the emergence of Uche Secondus as the National Chairman of the PDP.
It was also said that Wike singlehandedly sponsored the PDP convention and made sure Secondus came out as the winner – no certainty though.
That’s not all, Tambuwal, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and, the President, Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, have been tipped to follow the footsteps of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, who recently left the APC for the PDP.
A committee was actually set up to ensure that most of the big names that left the PDP years ago, should be encouraged to return, as they intend to take back power in 2019.
Now, Tambuwal meets with two PDP big names at a function, and Wike was in there.
We await the results of the meeting.