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Tambuwal Backs Fiscal Federalism, Assures On Unity

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Governor of Sokoto State and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Aspirant, Rt Hon Aminu Tambuwal, has promised to provide a dynamic leadership that would unify all Nigerians if elected as president in 2019.

He also backed the restructuring of the country being agitated for by a segment of the nation to achieve national integration.

Tambuwal, who posited that there is perceived division among the citizenry, said the presidency remains the symbol of the country, which must bring all and sundry together for peace and development of the country.

The former speaker of the House of Representatives spoke yesterday, in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, while meeting with Ekiti State PDP delegates to solicit their support and advance his aspiration ahead of the party’s presidential primary.

He premised his decision to contest the 2019 presidential race on a bid to provide qualitative leadership to right the lopsidedness in President Muhammadu Buhari’s government in terms of poor performance and failure of governance.

The Sokoto State governor urged the PDP members to remain steadfast and resolute in the face of oppression and humiliation being meted on some of their leaders by the APC-led federal government.

According to him, “The focus of every Nigerian in 2019 is to vote for a president that is Pan-Nigerian, a man who is not an ethnic jingoist or religious bigot.

“We are all aware that the present government is desperate to perpetuate itself in power.

“They are ready to do those things outside the laws of the land to remain in power. That is why they have been harassing leaders like Governor Ayodele Fayose.

“You must try to give the PDP flag to someone who believes in the unity of this country, someone who has traversed the length and breadth of this nation; someone who has moved from Maiduguri to Lagos, from Port Harcourt to Sokoto and from the East to the extreme North as a private person.

“As the former deputy minority whip, minority leader and speaker in the House of Representatives, I have an idea about the geographical configuration of this nation, so I am in a good position to respect individual rights.

“I will not be that president that will shut the doors against restructuring, I will even support and facilitate debates that would quickly enhance true and proper fiscal federalism. As a leader, it is not good for you to impose your will on the people; you must allow diverse opinions based on our religious and ethnic diversity.

“As a president, I will respect the Rule of Law. I won’t be a president that would say national security is higher than the rights of individuals. I will ensure that we put in place, institutions of democracy and rule of law and promote peace across the nation through enhanced technology to build security architecture that would protect Nigerians”, Tambuwal said.

He urged the members of the party to stand firm for PDP saying, “We need a courageous PDP to take over power in 2019.

“I thank Governor Fayose for his resilience and leadership, because if not for people like him, the PDP would not have been where it is today. Governor Fayose has fought hard to reposition the party in Ekiti and at national levels”, he noted.

Fayose described the APC- federal government as a ‘monster’ that was only interested in oppressing people with power, rather than transforming their lives.

The governor slammed the federal government for excluding Ekiti from benefiting from N2.5 million budget support and N11. 9 billion Paris Club Funds released to some states recently, alluding to such as anti-democratic and against the principles of the federation.

He urged his Sokoto State colleague and presidential aspirant to campaign for the PDP the way he did in 2015 for President Buhari.

The governor said: “You (Tambuwal) were one of those who repackaged President Buhari in 2015 and ensured he won the presidential election. You must make sure you do same for PDP in the 2019 election.

“Every one knows that we need a youthful president with energy; someone, who can see Nigeria as one indivisible entity, not a tribalist and religious bigot. The treasure of any man is his vitality, which would make him work harder to deliver his people from poverty.

“Look at what they did now, they excluded Ekiti from N11.6b Paris Club and N2.5b budget support fund which I would have used to pay the backlog of salaries.

“I want to appeal to all workers to ensure that the money is not diverted. They should ensure that it is used to pay their salaries the way I would have loved to do.

“So, in selecting the presidential candidate for our party, Ekiti delegates will vote wisely. We will vote for a president we can trust and the one that will see all Nigerians as one”, he said.

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