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Political Hara-kiri! How Saraki Stuck A Dagger In Tambuwal’s Back

Political Hara-kiri! How Saraki Stuck A Dagger In Tambuwal’s Back
August 29
07:07 2018

By Según Onifade

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, used to be a happy man. He was a celebrated political ‘godfather’ and lord of his own manor in Sokoto APC. But he trusted too much in the happiness of the moment; eventually, he found in it, a drop of gall.

Man’s Karma travels with him, like his shadow. Indeed, it is his shadow yet man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark. This profound allusion best illustrates the sad descent of Tambuwal. Yes, it is homecoming for Karma! And one place that the retributive justice has found an operational base at the moment is the home of the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

The promising politician, whom many had hitherto seen as the next big thing in Nigerian politics, is now entangled in the web of deceit and betrayal; and the cause of this is unbridled ambition founded on juvenile trust in another overtly ambitious politician, Bukola Saraki.

Prior to his eventual defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it has been gathered that Tambuwal had come to terms with his slim chances of winning 2019 presidential election based on paucity of fund required for such a project; he therefore decided to concentrate on winning another term as governor.

The mind changer for Tambuwal was the point he reached out to Bukola Saraki who prodded him on and charged him to go ahead with the presidential aspiration, promising he would bankroll his (Tambuwal’s) candidacy. Without much ado, Tambuwal jettisoned his re-election quest as he got instantly swayed by Saraki’s sleek style of politics and threw his heart into ring without further consultation with his backers at home.

Seen that he has decamped and boldly been taking swipes publicly at President Muhammadu Buhari, Saraki baptised Tambuwal with flame of betrayal when he (Saraki) himself publicly declared to take a shot at the topmost political office in the land, thereby leaving Tambuwal in the lurch.

Tambuwal had become Speaker in 2011 through a series of events perfected in perfidy. He once again exhibited treachery when he connived with some forces to truncate Femi Gbajabiamila whom he had promised to support. Tambuwal would make a U-turn and threw his weight behind Yakubu Dogara against Gbajabiamila who had rallied round supports for Tambuwal’s ascendancy to the Office of the Speaker.

There is no downplaying the fact that he brought some panache never seen to the Office of the Speaker. His magisterial compartment and conduct saw him through series of surreptitious machinations engineered to topple him and dwarf his rising profile.

Not a few analysts believed that Tambuwal would not heed ventriloquist voices nudging him to run for president. Quite of a number of people believed that he would bring his calmness to bear on such calls and rather seek a second term as governor in 2019. But ambition can be so consuming such that it blinds and deafens anyone driven by when it becomes unbridled.

Only time will tell if he has not committed political hara-kiri with his present situation, as his defection has not received massive from his home-state as over 200 of his appointees refused to join and immediately resigned from his cabinet while some of the political juggernauts instrumental to his becoming governor have taken their stand with President Buhari re-election project.


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  1. Adewole Adegoroye
    Adewole Adegoroye August 31, 05:04

    That is Nigeria politics may God help us

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  2. IntrospectivePrognosis
    IntrospectivePrognosis August 31, 07:55

    Wike may pacify him. It’s not over yet. The problem is that both candidates have disadvantaged national reach.

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