Reports indicate that all the security detail attached to Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Waziri Tambuwal have been withdrawn by the Federal Government, Daily Trust said.
It would be recalled
that Tambuwal formally announced his switch from the ruling Peoples’
Democratic Party (PDP) to the main opposition, All Progressives Congress
(APC) on Tuesday.
“Early this morning, few minutes after midnight
to be precise, top level security report informed the Speaker that
orders have been given for the withdrawal of his security details.”
withdrawal of his security details may not be unconnected with his
defection from the PDP which didn’t go down well with the party and the
Shortly after he defected, the PDP called on Tambuwal
to resign his position as Speaker having left the party that brought him
to the House of Representatives in 2011.
Tambuwal who has become a
political star and a big hit with the APC received a rousing welcome on
Wednesday, a day after his formal defection at the extraordinary mini
national convention of the APC in Abuja. He was accompanied to the
convention by 160 of his APC colleagues.
As the Speaker of the
House of Reps and the four citizen of the country, he is entitled to a
round the clock security made up of men from the Police, Civil Defence
Corps and the Department of State Security (DSS).
A source told
Daily Trust that Tambuwal was told that “a verdict will be entered
against him by a Court in Abuja on Thursday. The thing here is that why
not wait for the verdict before any action is taken?”
reach the Speaker have so far proved unsuccessful. Calls and SMS sent to
his spokesman Malam Imam Imam, have so far remained unanswered.
It would be recalled that President Goodluck Jonathan called for an emergency meeting late Wednesday following Tambuwal’s exit.
attendance were the National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, the
Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedioha; the Deputy Leader of the
House, Mr. Leo Ogor; and a member from Delta State, Ndudi Elumelu, in
Some PDP governors such as Gabriel Suswam (Benue);
Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa): Ibrahim
Dankwabo (Gombe) and Sullivan Chime (Enugu) were also part of the
meeting, according to PUNCH.
Top government officials who attended
the parley included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,
Anyim Pius Anyim; the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki; and the
Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Muhammed Adoke (SAN).
“The issue of the Speaker and his exit was one of the fundamental issues discussed at the meeting,” he said.