The Speaker of the Houseof Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has hit back at his critics within the Peoples Democratic Partywho condemned him forshowering encomium on Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his performance in Osun State.
Tambuwal, who spoke in Ilawe-Ekiti on Saturday after he was conferred with the chieftaincy title ofBobagunwa by the Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Ajibade Alabi, said he was not the speaker for the PDP alone but for the whole country.
Tambuwal said, “I was criticised for commending Osun State governor’sperformance but I will always speak the truth. If somebody is doing well we have to commend such person, whether they are in the PDP, Action Congress of Nigeria or in any party.
“I am not the speaker of a political party. I am the speaker for the whole Nigeria. Governor Kayode Fayemi has also done well and he should continue with the good work.”
The speaker had in Osogbo during the launch of Opon Imo, an initiative of Osun State governor lauded Aregbesola, who is a member of the oppositionACN, for his achievements in the last three years.
The PDP Chairman in the state, Mr. Ganiyu Olaoluwa, had said Tambuwal’s comment was unbecoming of a national leader of the party.
Olaoluwa said the speaker’s comment raised posers as to whether he “is a member of the PDP or a supporter of Aregbesola.”
But the speaker, who said he was undeterred by the criticisms, also lauded Fayemi for his performance in Ekiti State since he assumed office and urged the governor to do more.
Tambuwal has been rumoured to be associating with the opposition raising speculation that he might be suspended by the PDP.
Fayemi, in his speech also described Tambuwal as a great leader who should be emulated by others, adding that his leadership style had stabilised the lower House.
The monarch also hailed Fayemi for his transformation of the state, saying the state had not witnessed such transformation before.
He, however, appealed to the governor to fast-track his plan to build a hospital in the town.
Alabi said, “We thank the state government for the plans to build a modernhospital and a housing estate in Ilawe-Ekiti. It is our hope that work will commence in earnest at the sites already given by the community for the projects.”