Between Politics And Governance: Tambuwal Draws The Line

Between Politics And Governance: Tambuwal  Draws The Line

Politics entails the whole gamut of partisan contention between divergent ideologies and rival camps for the mandate to exercise power, while governance as distinct from politics, is the exercise of  competence in the service of the people from whom it is so attained.

In this context, division in politics as the main feature of the process, serves as the ingredient that enhances the people’s right of choice from a spectrum of ideas and thus it is a more positive element than otherwise.

For governance however, division subverts the effective exercise of power for the benefit of the people in whose stead it’s acquired.

The declaration that, “there’s a time for politics and a time for governance”, are words on marble that any society would ignore, only at its own peril.

And they couldn’t ring any more true, when they were repeated by the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal earlier today.

Tambuwal was speaking at Government House Gusau, when he led five of his counterparts in the PDP on a sympathy visit to Zamfara State over the recent fire incident at the Gusau Central Market.

The Sokoto State Governor, who’s also the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, was on the condolence call with Governors Nyesome Wike of Rivers State, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi and Darius Ishaku of Taraba.

Other Governors on the visit to Gusau were Ahmed Fintiri of Adamawa and Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo states.

Governor Tambuwal told their host, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle that times of calamity shouldn’t be used for partisan grand standing, noting that the profuse show of solidarity with Zamfara State over the inferno by the APC is misplaced.

The Sokoto State Governor asserted that the worse disaster for Zamfara State is the protracted and persistent loss of innocent lives to banditry, over which there was no exhibition of sympathy from the APC.

He wondered why a party, during whose tenure the bloodletting in Zamfara State began, opted to turn its back on the people in their hour of need, only to suddenly turn round to claim solidarity with them, over a fire disaster, in which no life was lost.

Tambuwal emphasized the need for Zamfara State to know who their true friends are and be cautious of elements whose sole interest in the people is political capital.

He drew the attention of elected leaders to the need to demarcate politics from leadership, noting, “as leaders we should differentiate between leadership and politics”.

Governor Nyesom Wike echoed Tambuwal’s views more forcefully, when he frowned at the APC led Federal Government for failing to deliver on its campaign promises, only to use somber periods for forays on other political parties.

He challenged the Federal Government to focus on delivering service on employment and security, rather than distract itself with poaching the members of the PDP.

The spirit of the moment wasn’t lost on host Governor Matawalle, who in his remarks, rehashed the bond existing among the PDP family,

“particularly, between me and Governor Tambuwal, who’s been my closest confidant, since our days in the National Assembly.”

There was dialogue between brothers and friends, the Zamfara Governor noted, which has brought about a deeper understanding. And to sum it all up, “Zamfara is and will remain a PDP state”

Abu Shekara, SA Public Affairs

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