Press Release: The Irony Of Tambuwal’s Congratulatory Message

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The recent victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the Supreme Court, has formally laid to rest, the long drawn contest for the 2019 Presidency. The landmark Judgment of the nation’s Apex Court has indeed sealed the epoch-making litigations as regards the 2019 Presidential poll.
While President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC and all peace loving, patriotic and nationalistic citizens are savouring the joyous moment, the doubting Thomasses, cynics and politically deluded ones are still licking their wounds. As Baba resoundingly consolidates his gains, from 2015 to date, the stage is now fully set for him and his able team to move the most populous black nation of the world to the NEXT LEVEL.
The verdict has attracted variety of comments from Nigerians of all persuasions. Majority of the comments were messages of congratulations, with some coming from very unexpected quarters.
Among the latest converts who appear to profess a new found love for President Buhari, is the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
In a statement issued by his spokesman as reaction to the Supreme Court ruling, Governor Tambuwal called on the president to be magnanimous in victory, to form an inclusive Government and to be circumspect in running the affairs of state.
Many Nigerians were indeed shaken by this sudden and seemingly suspicious gesture by the governor whose penchant, hitherto, for attacking the number one citizen of Nigeria was unparalleled.
The Sokoto State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC is therefore surprised at this sudden change of attitude by Governor Tambuwal, as well as his surreptitious conversion to a well wisher of PMB.
The same Buhari that has all along been his object of scorn and bitter criticism, is now being coated in such sweet words of affability. The same Buhari that he had all along painted as a failure and a never-do-well, is now suddenly being sought for trust and friendship.
We, in the APC believe that Governor Tambuwal’s congratulatory message is no more than cheap political gimmick, that should be taken with a pinch of salt. “Kifi na ganin ka Mai jar koma,” so goes a Hausa adage.
How can one give what he does not have? Governor Tambuwal should be the last person to advise anyone to be magnanimous in victory, because he failed to display such magnanimity when he was pronounced winner of the contentious 2019 Governorship election in Sokoto State.
Since that pronouncement, his Government has been nothing but vindictive to all real and perceived members of the opposition APC in the state.
Some people have the feeling that he is borrowing a leaf from his trusted friend and benefactor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who congratulated Buhari after the initial tribunal ruling, to the chagrin of his fellow travelers in the PDP. Governor Wike was never known to display open animosity towards the president as Governor Tambuwal did. Considering his antecedents in relation to the President, we in the Sokoto State APC will rather advise Mr. President to be wary of people like Governor Tambuwal who are more propelled by their blind ambition than genuine patriotism.
The Sokoto State chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC wishes to call on the President to ignore and reject the so called congratulatory message of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal because it is no more than a Greek gift that one can better do without. It is a message that is not well intentioned. It means the exact opposite of what it says.


Hon. Isa Sadiq Acida
(Turakin Acida)
State Chairman
SUNDAY NOV . 3, 2019.

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