Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal, has said that he and other members of the House, who dumped the Peoples Democratic Party for All Progressives Congress, would have been richer politicians today had they remained in the ruling party.
He noted that remaining in the PDP would have been a far easier choice as all the lawmakers would have enjoyed the financial benefits of being in the same party as the Federal Government.
However, the speaker stated that for the love of Nigeria and the need to turn the country around for good, they opted to dump the PDP for the progressive-minded APC.
He also claimed that the PDP had not done much for the country since 1999, when it assumed control of its leadership.
A statement on Monday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Imam Imam, quoted Tambuwal, who is the Sokoto APC governorship candidate, as making the submission at an APC town hall meeting held in Tsafe Emirate, Zamfara State.
“Many patriotic Nigerians who felt the need to change the course of our country have protested the inept administrative style on this country.
“They made their voices known by abandoning the PDP and teaming up with progressive-minded Nigerians.
“Remaining in the PDP would have been the easy option for us. We would have been richer and would have been enjoying the benefits of being in the same political camp with the Federal Government.
“But we chose a different option because we felt enough is enough. We felt Nigeria deserves better leadership that is why we are in the APC”, the statement added.
Tambuwal also advised the electorate against voting for the PDP on the grounds that it was not dignifying to do so.
“So, a vote for PDP would be undignified”, he said. “We must re-discover our self-worth as a people, we must move the country forward”.
Traditional rulers and other interest groups at the Emirate as well as the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, attended the APC town hall meeting.