After emerging as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto on Thursday, indications surfaced on Friday that the Nigerian Police may soon reinstate the security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.
The inspector general of police, Sulieman Abba, withdrew Tambuwal’s security details soon after he defected from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the APC. Abba cited constitutional provisions for his actions.
But the police force is using Tambuwal’s emergence as the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Sokoto as an “excuse” to reinstate the security aides.
A source said: We still believe the Speaker is not entitled to security based on his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC. The constitution is very clear on that and we are defending our position well in court.
“However, since Tambuwal is now a candidate of a major political party in Sokoto, convention requires that he is protected by the police.
“The Federal Government takes the security of leading candidates very seriously as such we will restore security to Tambuwal and at the same time provide same for all the leading candidates in all states of the Federation.”