The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has stated that his relationship with the All Progressives Congress, APC, is smooth and cordial.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives, said it was not yet time to start talking about the 2019 general elections.
Tambuwal said the journey to 2019 was still long, adding that when he gets to that bridge, he’ll cross it.
He told Vanguard, “I don’t know why you are asking me to comment about 2019 elections when we only just crossed the half way mark of the mandate entrusted to us in 2015. Talking about politics of 2019 in 2017 is not helpful.
“The journey to 2019 is still long. When we get to that bridge, we will cross it. This is what I can say for now. People clamouring for political activity at this stage are only distracting mandate holders.
“We have over a year plus and I wonder why people are trying to jump start political activities.
“Elective office holders need to discuss more about governance. By the time you raise issues of 2019 in 2017, you are distracting the entire polity. Discuss 2019 when the election season is upon us.
“But for now, let us discuss governance issues. We cannot move from governance to politics, it is a complete distraction because campaigns are full time.
“So, I don’t encourage anybody in the state to try to disengage us from governance mode and take us into politics mode. We should wait for the appropriate time to do this.
“My relationship with the state chapter of the APC is very smooth and cordial. The party and government are working closely.
“We consult the party leadership on most of the policy issues in the state and our relationship has been sound and healthy.”