Although he is still a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, top officials of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, and virtually all aspirants to state and national elective offices stormed the seat of the caliphate Saturday to witness the turbanning of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, as the new Mutawallen Sokoto by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar.
The turbanning, which took place at the palace of the Sultan, Saturday, attracted almost the entire members of the National Executive Committee and National Working Committee, NWC, of the APC led by the party’s National Chairman, John Oyegun.
Other notable leaders of the APC that graced the occasion include two national leaders of the party, former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, and former Governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, as well as a presidential aspirant and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
Also present were Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Ahmed Abdulfatah of Kwara, Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo, while Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo was represented by his deputy.
Other APC stalwarts at the event were former National Chairman of the PDP, Audu Ogbeh, former Kwara state Governor and current Senator, Bukola Saraki, former Nasarawa state Governor, Abdullahi Adamu and former Yobe state Governor, Bukar Ibrahim.
The notable top members of the PDP that attended the ceremony were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Mr. Tambuwal’s deputy, Emeka Ihedioha. Others are Senators Ali Ndume, and Abdul Ningi.
Also, over 100 members of the House of Representatives were in Sokoto to honour their speaker.
Business moguls Barau Mangal and Aliko Dangote were also in attendance.