The presidential ambition of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal might have suffered a huge set back as governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress may queue behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) as the preferred presidential candidate of the party for the 2015 election, SUNDAY PUNCH reports.
According the report, the governors are suspecting that those asking the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to pick the presidential form are enemies of the party.
This was disclosed by two APC governors who spoke with the newspaper on Friday and Saturday respectively.
One of the governors said there was no way he and his colleagues would support Tambuwal, adding that they are not worried the speaker picked the party’s nomination form.
He said, “We are not worried with his picking presidential form. He’s not going far.
“We expected him to focus on him becoming the governor of Sokoto State. He’s a good product anyway, but he’s not ripe for Presidency now. He can’t defeat President Goodluck Jonathan.”
The other governor, who is from the North, believes Tambuwal’s entrance could be a ploy by pro-Jonathan sympathisers within the party who he said, could be looking for a weak candidate that the president could easily over-run.
He stated that he and some leaders within the party were informed that the national leadership of the PDP and the Presidency were scared of a Buhari challenge.
According to him, the scare could be the main reason the pro-Jonathan people within the party sold a dummy to Tambuwal, deceiving him that he’s young and would be liked by all.
He said, “We know what’s going on. We are not being deceived. Those saying Tambuwal is young and vibrant are saying the truth, but his time hasn’t come. He doesn’t have the capacity to command the followership in the north and the entire country.
“This is not the time to allow anyone to sell any dummy to the party. It is a national party and not a regional party anymore.
“If there is anyone who think he can betray us at this stage, the person must think twice. We like Tambuwal, but he can’t be our candidate for now.”