By Abu Shekara
THE election of the leadership of the Sokoto State House of Assembly is over and once again, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has led his party, the PDP to another victory, snatched from the opposition APC, in spite of their slim majority in the ninth chamber.
The PDP made the best of a disadvantage by thinking out the book and nominating an APC legistlator, Aminu Manya Achida, representing Wurno Constituency, instead of their party member.
Aminu Manya was nominated by PDP members, Ibrahim Arzika Sarki (Sokoto North ll) and Faruk Mustapha Balle (Gudu).
That move split the APC vote against the APC sponsored candidate, backed by the party’s leader in the State, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who was priming the APC legistors for confrontation against the PDP led government of Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.
After the vote, PDP nominated, Aminu Manya of APC beat APC backed Abdullahi Garba Sidi (Gada South) by 16 to 14 to emerge Speaker of the ninth assembly of Sokoto State.
Part of the historic compromise is the election of PDP’s Abubakar Magaji (Bodinga Constituency) as Deputy Speaker.
The PDP had porched two APC votes to achieve the feat, producing a result that once again, showed the superior political thinking of PDP leader, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, against Senator Wamakko’s basic tactics.
Governor Tambuwal’s years in the National Assembly have come to bear in all this. His tenure as Speaker, which was marked by cross partisan compromise has been reenacted in the ninth assembly of Sokoto State.
Sokoto State is poised to experience the politics of compromise and understanding for the common good of the people, instead of the tumultuous times that the APC leadership insists on imposing on the state.
Another nail has been hammered in the coffin of godfather politics in Sokoto State.
*Abu Shekara is the director general, Media to Governor Aminu Tambuwal
– June 12, 2019 @ 11:07 GMT |