Tambuwal’s speculated return to PDP heightens,
—-meets Wike, Okowa, Ibori in Asaba
Like he did in 2015 when he was the Speaker of the House of Representatives before his final defection to All Progressives Congress, (APC) at the last minute, the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has again started romancing with the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) stalwarts.
He met yesterday with Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and former Delta State Governor James Ibori in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Tambuwal has been speculated as one of those the PDP is prospecting as a possible presidential candidate in the 2019 election. He has not reacted to the speculations which gained more ground after last weekend’s PDP convention.
They retired to the Delta State Government House after attending a showcase of Delta’s Youths Empowerment Programme.
Tambuwal was elected Governor of Sokoto State on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015 after 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 sitting senator.
The ceremony was the products exhibition and business fair to showcase the Okowa administration’s youth empowerment programme. Many government functionaries and PDP stakeholders attended.
Tambuwal arrived after the ceremony. He only joined to see the exhibition while Wike was part of the event.
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 youths and established them in their choice enterprises.
Ibori recalled with nostalgia the day he transferred power on May 29 2007 Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan.
He said: “I come into this arena Asaba Arcade with a great sense of nostalgia. I remember that it was at this venue on the 29th of May 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 the unemployed youths 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 youths, 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,”