PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
By Chuks Okocha and Alex Enumah
Despite the appeal by the Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, that he erred with the dissolution of the executive of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), some members of the national secretariat are still accusing him of mobilising other PDP governors against the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Also efforts by Tukur to reconcile the warring factions in the Taraba State chapter of the PDP has hit a brick wall as the state Governor Danbaba Suntai, has failed to honour the invitation of the PDP national secretariat.
THISDAY gathered from party sources that there were moves by Nyako to get PDP governors to rally round him to force the Tukur-led National Working Committee (NNC) to reverse the dissolution of the Adamawa PDP executive council.
The Media Adviser to PDP Chairman, Eddie Adenirokun, who confirmed the plot to THISDAY, said the Tukur-led PDP should not be crucified for trying to enthrone discipline in the party.
According to Adenirokun, “It is a common fact to us in PDP that Nyako is mobilising other PDP governors against the national chairman.
“But let it be known that the sack of the Adamawa PDP executive was not a personal decision of Tukur. It was the NWC decision based on empirical fact of indiscipline against the Adamawa PDP executive.
“It is painful that the issue of enthroning discipline had to start from the home state of the national chairman but you don’t make an omelette without breaking an egg,” he said.
Tukur’s Media Adviser denied that the sack of the Adamawa PDP executive was because of the politics of 2015 where Tukur’s is believed to be nursing a governorship ambition.
Rather he said, “Tukur has a global image and therefore will not stoop so low to interfere in affairs of a state chapter. What took place was a decision of the NWC and not Tukur’s decision,” he said.
Meanwhile efforts to resolve the face-off between Suntai and Senators Aisha Alhassan (Taraba North) and Abubakar Tutare (Taraba Central) over non-conduct of congresses in the state which prompted the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to write to the PDP requesting for fresh congresses in the state has suffered a setback.
In response to several complaints made by aggrieved PDP members led by Senators Alhassan and Tutare, the PDP deputy national secretary had on September 17 summoned Suntai and the two senators to a meeting with the NWC members in Tukur’s residence.
The national deputy secretary explained that the meeting scheduled for September 22 “was to seek ways of the various interests affecting the cohesion of the party in Taraba State.”
It was gathered that on the scheduled date, the two senators and some NWC members were in Tukur’s house for the meeting but the meeting had to be put off when the state governor sent a message to the national leaders of the party that he could not sit down at any meeting with the two senators in attendance.
The action of the governor has again prompted the two senators to fire another petition to the PDP national secretariat, insisting that the party must organise fresh congresses in the state to take over from the executive appointed by the governor as earlier directed by INEC.
Meanwhile, a gale of resignation of appointment is sweeping through executive committees in some wards and local government councils in the state in protest against the directives of Suntai to PDP members, instructing them not to associate with Alhassan and Tutare.
In one of the joint letters of mass resignation of the entire executive committee of Sarikin Dawaki ward in Jalingo, the party elders said they were quitting in protest against the suspension of the Ward Chairman, Alhaji Nuhu Musa Kasimu; the Women Leader, Aishatu Shuaibu and two others over alleged insubordination.
They said “the reason advanced by the party at the local government secretariat in Jalingo for suspending the Ward leaders is frivolous and vexatious as it was clearly stated in the letter summoning them to appear before a disciplinary panel that they violated the order passed across the state from the state secretariat that no executive should have any fellowship with Senator Aisha Jummai Alhassan.”
While querying the rationale and constitutionality of the order not to associate with the senators who is a member of their party, they informed the state executive committee that the order was an infringement on their fundamental rights of freedom of association.
Meanwhile, Tukur has identified the lack of political will on the part of previous administrations in the country as the major impediments to the growth of the country’s industrial sector.
Tukur who lamented that Nigeria still import a lot of things that she is supposed to be exporting to other nations in spite of her being blessed like the developed countries of America, Europe and Asia, called for the building of stronger institutions that will help actualise the potentials of the nation.
The PDP Chairman was speaking yesterday with journalists during a tour of facilities and Award of Long Service at ABUMET Nigeria Limited, Abuja, where he commended both the staff and management of the organisation for being one of the few companies that have not only survived but has flourished when others are collapsing.
While recalling that the main objective why the company was established is to build a first class aluminium industry to meet the growing need of the Federal Capital Territory at the time, Tukur stated that: “From available records at my disposal, ABUMET has performed wonderfully in the areas of product acceptability by clients.
He however lamented that the uncontrolled importation of finish aluminium products from China at subsidized rate is a big challenge to manufacturers of aluminium in Nigeria.
The PDP Chairman, who also doubles as Chairman of ABUMET Nigeria Limited, while blaming the lack of will on the part of governments particularly regulatory agencies for failing to live up to their biddings, called for a proper education and reorientation of the people.