PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
By Chuks Okocha
The power tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed a casualty. PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s principal private secretary, Alhaji Habu Fari, who had been locked in a battle with the party’s National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was fired last night.
Although Fari told THISDAY that he resigned, it was learnt that Tukur removed him for being rude to Oyinlola.
The party chairman, sources said, personally signed Fari’s sack letter.
It was gathered that some National Working Committee members of the PDP demanded his removal, insisting that they cannot work with him.
Fari was not seen at the national secretariat of the PDP in Abuja throughout yesterday.
His sack was a surprise to many PDP members and workers as the party had on Tuesday announced that the rift between Tukur and Oyinlola, over the chairman’s aides had been amicably resolved.
Meanwhile, as the Northern elite rally to regain the presidency come 2015, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, has asked those agitated by Jonathan’s second term bid to give peace a chance since the president is only constitutionally allowed to serve for eight years.
Gulak called on those fretting over the presidency to give peace a chance since the president is allowed to serve for eight years.
Speaking while receiving women leaders from the north-central zone led by a former House of Representatives member from Nasarawa State, Hajiya Amina Aliyu, in his office in Abuja, Gulak assured the women that the Federal Government would give them their due share in the appointment of board members of government agencies and parastatals.
Gulak, who spoke against the background of controversies generated by speculations that Jonathan would seek re-election in 2015, cautioned those he called mischief-makers to stop heating up the polity over the matter, since the president could not serve beyond eight years.