Elections in Nigeria are less than a year away, and politicians have started regrouping for the race ahead.

As is common with Nigerian politics, key players have started to cross-carpets, jumping ship to what they perceive to be the moving train.

One of such politicians who has made the switch from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People's Democratic Party (PDP), is Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

The former Speaker of the House of Representative today, August 1st, announced his defection to the PDP and in his defection speech, made several damaging comments about his former party and in turn, President Muhammadu Buhari.

Here are 6 of such statements credited to the lawyer cum politician.

1. President Buhari's Government Is Partial, Has No Moral Compass

One thing that has been a recurring decimal in General Buhari's government has been the question of favouritism with political appointments and even awarding of contracts. Gov Tambuwal supports this notion as he said:

''There are issues of brazen inequity and capacity and questionable distribution of appointments/projects. This is in addition to lack of statesmanship in responding to national issues, among other things that are for aggravating the anomaly.''

He went on to site his displeasure with the ''lethargy, incompetence and sustained denial of obvious leadership missteps have become the major raw materials with which the Nigerian State is being run today'' and his inability to reconcile himself ''to a national leadership that offers no redeeming moral beacons'' as his reasons for defection. 

2. Nigeria Is Going Through It's Worst Time Since Civil War

Ethnic and religious division has always been a problem that plagues Nigeria, however in recent times, it seems to be at it's worst since the Civil War. This is according to Tambuwal who said:

''Almost four years into what ought to be a new order as desired and elected by Nigerians, the nation is unfortunately going through the most difficult and precarious times, since the Civil war; with ethno, religious and regional distrust at its highest ebb''.

3. APC Is The Home Of Corruption And A Rigging Machine

Tambuwal minced no words when he described APC as a corrupt party saying:

''The party has brazenly turned itself into a sanctuary for the corrupt and a machine for rigging and for the rape of democracy.''

4. Buhari Has Rebuffed Every Attempt To Right Things

According to Tambuwal, ''all attempts to discuss the electoral promises of the APC-led government, including the restructuring of the country as promised Nigerians and as contained in the APC manifesto, have proved abortive.''

5. Buhari Has Failed Sokoto State

Sokoto state is ''not being meaningfully carried along in political appointments and in other matters of national importance.''

This is according to Gov Tambuwal who further stated that no meaningful Federal Government projects had been initiated in the state, and neither had previous uncompleted projects been addressed.

6. More Young People Have Lost Their Jobs Since APC Came Into Power

Tambuwal who wrapped things up by stating the dwindling economic well-being of the country as his major reason for dumping APC pointed out that over nine million jobs have been lost in the last 3 years.

He said this while quoting figures from the National Bureau of Statistics, adding that ''youth unemployment rate was 11.70 per cent during the fourth quarter of 2014, it rose to 33.10 per cent in third quarter of 2017 under the APC Government.''

''The economy is not showing any real signs of improvement. Our educational and health institutions are in retreat. Poverty is on rampage and still ravages the land. It is unacceptable that majority of those who voted for APC in 2015 should have nothing good to show for it,'' he added.

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