Visit to Aregbesola:Tambuwal Tackles Osun PDP



By Danlami Nmodu

 

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal  has faulted Osun state chapter of  Peoples Democratic Party,PDP which has questioned the rationale behind his visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola recently. A statement today by Malam Imam Imam special adviser on media and Public Affairs to the Speaker said, “It is not the intention of the Speaker to join issues with any person or group, however, it has become imperative to  state the fact that as the Number Four citizen in the  country, The Speaker is national figure who must be seen to  be above partisan considerations at all times.

He added that, “ The Speaker is a leader and rallying point for all  Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic consideration. The composition of members of the House is a  testament to this fact”

The statement  recalled that  Tambuwal had equally visited another  governor in opposition  earlier .Said he, “It should be noted that before  Osun was not the first state under the control of the opposition that the Speaker visited for a function, and paid a courtesy call to its  Governor. A week before the trip to Osun, he paid a courtesy  visit to an ANPP Governor, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, when  he paid a condolence visit to the State to condole with Hon  Ibrahim Gusau and IG of Police MD Abubakar.

“ As the Speaker noted during his visit, Nigerians must learn  to know that there is time for politics, and a time for governance.

“The Speaker wish to reiterate that he is a member of the PDP and will continue to work assiduously for the progress of  the party at all times.

 

The full text of Tambuwal’s reply to Osun PDP reads thus:

 

The attention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has  been to a press statement credited to the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, where it condemned the  Speaker for paying a courtesy visit to Governor Rauf Aregbesola last Saturday.

The press statement, purportedly written by the spokesman of the party in the state, one Diran Odeyemi, also demanded  apology from the Speaker for the visit and his subsequent remarks after the visit.

It is not the intention of the Speaker to join issues with any person or group, however, it has become imperative to  state the fact that as the Number Four citizen in the  country, The Speaker is national figure who must be seen to  be above partisan considerations at all times.

The Speaker is a leader and rallying point for all  Nigerians, irrespective of political, religious or ethnic consideration. The composition of members of the House is a  testament to this fact.

To set the records straight, the Speaker visited Osun to  commiserate with former Speaker of the House of  Representatives, Hon Patricia Etteh, whose mother was buried same day.

As a sign of his respect to constituted authorities and the  people of Osun, he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Aregbesola at the Government House in Osogbo.

It should be noted that before  Osun was not the first state under the control of the opposition that the Speaker visited for a function, and paid a courtesy call to it’s  Governor. A week before the trip to Osun, he paid a courtesy  visit to an ANPP Governor, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, when  he paid a condolence visit to the State to condole with Hon  Ibrahim Gusau and IG of Police MD Abubakar.

As the Speaker noted during his visit, Nigerians must learn  to know that there is time for politics, and a time for governance.

The Speaker wish to reiterate that he is a member of the PDP and will continue to work assiduously for the progress of  the party at all times.

Signed

Malam Imam Imam

Special Adviser on Media andPublic Affairs

To the Speaker

 

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