2023: Security, Economy, Restructuring Will Be My Focus, Tambuwal Tells Forum of Ex-PDP NWC

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Leading presidential aspirant and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has reiterated that security and the economy will be his main focus areas should he emerge as the flag bearer of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and subsequently President of Nigeria.

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Governor Tambuwal gave this indication yesterday in Abuja, in continuation of his engagements with stakeholders and delegates of the PDP when he met members of the Forum of Ex National Working Committee of PDP who are delegates at the May 28 convention.

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He was accompanied to the meeting by Senator Tunde Ogbeha, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, former governor of Sokoto State, as well as Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahadi Aliu Gusau.

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Speaking on the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, Governor Tambuwal said he would personally present a bill for the creation of State Police to the National Assembly.

His words: “The main reason why we have so much insecurity is lack of political will. If you say you need the approval of the US government to buy certain ammunition, do you also need their approval to recruit more men into the Police, Army and other security agencies?  Do we also need US approval to train and retrain our security men?

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“What is the firepower of the bandits and other terrorists? In the absence of these sophisticated weapons, can’t we get the AK 47 and other not so sophisticated weapons?

“We must also address the root cause of insecurity like jobs, marginalisation and the rest. If we address marginalisation, we won’t have the issues we have in the South-East. How can there not be someone from the South-East in the eight (8) top positions of this country?

“Under my watch, that cannot happen. I had done it before as Speaker of the House of Reps where all zones were considered when we constituted committees. My colleagues are still alive; you can ask them.”

Speaking on the economy, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives said the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has rubbished whatever gains the PDP government made in the 16 years the party ruled Nigeria, adding that he would pay constant attention to the economy.

“We have done it before. We have the best hands in PDP to manage our economy. Not people who want to run for office and also manage our economy,” he said.

On restructuring, Governor Tambuwal noted that the idea of restructuring differs but stressed that what Nigerians want is inclusive and participatory government.

He said: “Restructuring means different things to different leaders. For example, the appointments of Commissioners for Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, Civil Service Commission, Federal Character and Population Commission should be done by the states and screened by the states’ House of Assembly with the power of recall. That is restructuring.

“State Police is restructuring. But I don’t think it’s possible for Nigeria, at this time, to go back to the regional government. Therefore, we must pick the issues one by one to fix them to suit what Mr. A sees as restructuring; what B sees as restructuring and what C sees as restructuring.”

Tambuwal who also doubles as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum promised the Forum of EX- NWC members that he would not abandon party men who will work for the victory of the party at the poll and run after technocrats noting that “We are all technocrats here. We have gone to the best of schools and excelled in our various fields. I as president will appoint people from within the PDP.”

Speaking on behalf of the members of the Ex-NWC Forum, the Chairperson, Kema Chikwe, described Governor Tambuwal as a leader who is ready to speak on issues and a truly detribalized Nigeria who for the past eight or more years has been spending the Christmas holiday in the South East.

Members of the Forum present at the consultative meeting included Adamu Mu’azu, former PDP national chairman, Kola Ologbondiyan, Senator Ben Obi, Jude Okoye, Olisa Metuh, Abdullahi MaiBasira, Eddy Olafeso, among others.

Hon. Abdul Ningi, who described himself as an Atiku Abubakar man, however, noted that Tambuwal is one leader who can rebuild Nigeria and return PDP to power.

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