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PDP Crisis: ‘How Jonathan, Tukur Betrayed North-east Governors’

03 Feb 2013

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 Bamanga Tukur

• Govs insists on NEC meeting to resolve crisis
Chuks Okocha

The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not over yet, as the governors elected on the platform of the party are still insisting that a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting must hold to resolve the several crisis affecting the party that have pitched President Goodluck Jonathan, the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) against some of its governors.

At a secret meeting held Tuesday at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge before Tuesday’s   National Economic Council (NEC) with Vice President Namadi Sambo, the governors also lamented how President Jonathan and Tukur negated understandings with North-east governors that  Tukur as national chairman will not do anything that will affect the structures of the North-east governors on assumption of office.

According to a North-east governor who spoke to THISDAY, Friday, in Abuja, “There is this understanding between the President and Tukur before he was elected as the national chairman.  Recall that before Bamanga Tukur was adopted as the consensus candidate for the office of the national chairman, that we the North-east governors had adopted the former acting national secretary, Dr. Musa Babayo, from Bauchi State as the North-east chairmanship candidate.

“But immediately after the zonal congress, there was another meeting at the State House, where the President said that he wants Tukur to become the national chairman. The meeting was attended by the four governors of Bauchi, Adawama, Taraba and Gombe and we expressed our fears over having Tukur as national chairman.

“One of the fears was that already Tukur was among the elites opposing Governor Murtala Nyako in Adamawa State and there is this fear that his chairmanship will antagonise the PDP state structures. This is basically when the state governors don’t want any national chairman to emerge from their states”, the governor said.

According to the governor, it was the Taraba State governor, Danbaba Suntai, that anchored the position of the North-east governors at the meeting with President Jonathan, Bamanga Tukur, Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Amaechi, and other stakeholders of the party.

The governor said that after Suntai had presented their fears at the meeting, President Jonathan spoke allaying their fears. Tukur also spoke allaying the fears of the governors, pledging that at his age, he would be a father to all.

According to the governor, “We all know better now. There is a sense of betrayal now among us the PDP governors from the North-east. Before Suntai accident, there is this fear that some Senators from Taraba State are getting ready for a fight over the party executive in the state.
Twice, a meeting was called to look into the matter, but Suntai refused to after because of this sense of betrayal by both the President and the National Chairman.

However, the governor said that as far as they are concerned, “we are insisting for a NEC meeting to resolve the crisis within the party. The opposition parties are seeking for mergers and therefore we as a political party will not fold our hands and watch the party crumble due to internal power play. We are expecting the NEC to resolve all the crises.”

The governor reiterated the position of the PDP governors on the ten members of the NWC that reinstated the Kaugama Mijijinwa led PDP Adamawa state. He said, “as far as we are concerned, we don’t recognize Joel Madaki executive.

“Tukur said that he delegated the deputy national chairman to preside over all issues affecting PDP in Adamawa state, the same deputy national chairman said that the NWC has reinstated the sacked Adawawa state PDP executive. So, why the committee for harmonisation. What are you harmonizing? We are waiting for NEC meeting to know which of the factions will attend the NEC meeting.” he asked.

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