Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a Peoples Democratic Party presidential hopeful, declared Wednesday night that the Federal Capital Territory, like other big cities throughout the world, deserved a mayor.
Governor Tambuwal made the announcement at his 2023 Presidential consultative meeting with PDP delegates from the FCT in Abuja.
The former House Speaker stated that there is still more work to be done in the FCT, adding that he “believes that the people we met in the FCT deserve more recognition.”
Speaking further, he said, “I am not insisting that FCT should be a state but you appoint ministers, sometimes two from a state, what stops you from appointing a zonal Minister from the FCT because FCT is part of the North Central zone. So if you are appointing an FCT person as Minister to represent the zone, what is wrong with that?
“Because of the Special nature of FCT, there should be a Mayor in the FCT. In major cities in the world, London, California, have mayors.
“So I understand what the issues are, so what is important is for you to work with us on this campaign train. This is a project to beat in the PDP, the governor stated.
On his part, Hon. Dr Hassan Usman Sokoto, House of Representatives member, Abuja South said the FCT is praying that governor Tambuwal emerges as the PDP’s flag bearer.
“Please, Your Excellency, the leaders must call themselves to order so that if consensus cannot be achieved, once we get to primary, once a level playing ground is given, whosoever emerges but it is our earnest prayer that you emerge but because I don’t know tomorrow but every day we are praying that you emerge but whosoever emerge, we hope that others will be able to join him and build this country but by the time we tear ourselves too much, after the primaries, to reconcile is going to be a Herculean task”, he said.
The FCT PDP chairman, Hon. Sunday Dogo Zakka, said the chapter of the party is backing the aspiration of Governor Tambuwal noting that he has been there for the party and it’s time for the party to be there for him.
“You have been there for the party, We will continue to appreciate you because you have been there for us. The party must also be there for you. So we thank you and thank you for your interest. I pray that you will return back safely. People of FCT are solidly behind you. We will not disappoint you.”