Don’t con­test pres­i­dency in 2015, Ebute tells Tam­buwal

Yuguda’s Se­nate posters ap­pear in Bauchi

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye From Ahmed Mo­hammed,Bauchi

For­mer Se­nate Pres­i­dent Ameh Ebute has ad­vised the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal, against con­test­ing the coun­try’s pres­i­dency in 2015 say­ing it is a dream that is not achiev­able.

Ebute, in a let­ter to Tam­buwal made avail­able to our cor­re­spon­dent, said those urg­ing the Speaker to con­test the pres­i­dency are only mis­lead­ing him.

“You have been gal­li­vant­ing the whole length and breadth of the coun­try vis­it­ing where you are not wanted. At­tend­ing obit­u­ar­ies, birth­day par­ties, and gen­er­ally do­ing ‘no­tice me’ all in an ef­fort to earn the ap­pel­late of ‘Pres­i­dent in wait­ing.’ Some of your back­ers nudge you. I re­mem­ber not long ago Gen. Ibrahim Ba­bangida pub­licly ad­vised you to seek ‘higher of­fice’, un­der­stand­ably mean­ing the pres­i­dency,” he stated.

The for­mer se­nate pres­i­dent called on the Speaker to de­clare the seats of the 37 House of rep­re­sen­ta­tives mem­bers that de­fected to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) va­cant say­ing the Speaker’s in­ac­tion is akin to hold­ing Cam­paign posters an­nounc­ing the am­bi­tions of Bauchi State Gover­nor Mal­lam Isa Yuguda, that of Al­haji Sanusi Ba­ban Takko and Bar­ris­ter Lawal Hus­seini have ap­peared in strate­gic parts of Bauchi in­di­cat­ing the in­ter­ests to con­test se­na­to­rial po­si­tions in 2015.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that the dif­fer­ent posters, which bear pic­tures of the three as­pi­rants, have been pasted at strate­gic lo­ca­tions in Bauchi me­trop­o­lis and in some other lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas of the state.

The posters, some in Hausa lan­guage bear in­scrip­tions such as “2015: Mal­lam Isa Yuguda our choice for Se­nate in­sha Al­lah.” “Al­haji Sanusi Ba­ban Takko for se­nate 2015 Change In Sha Al­lahu.” “Vote for Bar­ris­ter Lawal Hus­seini for se­nate 2015.”

It is spec­u­lated that Yuguda and Ba­ban Takko may run un­der the PDP ban­ner while Hus­seini may con­test on the APC plat­form.

Speak­ing to our cor­re­spon­dent on the tim­ing of the posters, a pop­u­lar youth leader who pleaded anonymity said ‘‘ this is the right time to start se­ri­ous pol­i­tick­ing if you don’t want the train of 2015 to leave you be­hind.”

The youth leader who was among the people that gath­ered to get a glimpse of the ar­ray of posters of the as­pi­rants at the ever busy Abubakar Umar Round­about, de­scribed the de­vel­op­ment as a pos­i­tive one that will en­hance democ­racy in the state.

Hus­seini, a youth leader in var­i­ous as­so­ci­a­tions had de­clared his in­ten­tion to con­test for the seat in dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal fora. the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) to ran­som.

Ebute in the open let­ter en­ti­tled: “Aminu Tam­buwal, de­fected 37 PDP mem­bers, im­punity, treach­ery and INEC”, said Tam­buwal did not act ap­pro­pri­ately when the mem­bers de­fected and that even af­ter the court ad­vised that they should va­cate their seats, the Speaker chose to look the other way.

He called on INEC to guide the Speaker ap­pro­pri­ately so he could act ‘ap­pro­pri­ately’ by declar­ing the seats of the 37 mem­bers va­cant.

Gover­nor Yuguda how­ever, has not made his am­bi­tion pub­lic, but the gover­nor’s aides that spoke with our cor­re­spon­dent de­clined to com­ment on the posters say­ing there are many po­lit­i­cal groups ask­ing the gover­nor to vie for the po­si­tion.

Takko , a close con­fi­dante of Ahmed Gu­lak has also not de­clared his in­ten­tion to con­test but many po­lit­i­cal groups are urg­ing him to do so.

It is ex­pected that the in­cum­bent se­na­tor, Adamu Ibrahim Gumba may likely re-con­test the seat.

Aminu Waziri Tam­buwal

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