Nigeria's parliament leader denies defecting to opposition party

Source:Xinhua Published: 2014-2-24 9:31:50

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal on Sunday denied reports that he had ever planned to defect to the main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC).

Tambuwal denied the allegation shortly after a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the latter's residence in Abeokuta, the southwest Ogun State capital.

Tambuwal, who reaffirmed his membership of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), told reporters shortly after the meeting that he had come to visit a PDP national leader.

"I have come to visit our PDP national leader Obasanjo and I are still in PDP," the speaker said.

Tambuwal told reporters that he was in Abeokuta to consult with Obasanjo on matters of national interest.

"Obasanjo is a leader, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa, and it is only appropriate for us in positions of authority and leadership to occasionally come and consult him on matters of national interest and that is why I am here," he said.

With the elections for 2015 approaching, the ruling party PDP has already lost five state governors and many federal and state legislators to the APC, Nigeria's largest opposition party.

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