PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur
By Chuks Okocha
The power tussle in the Peoples Democratic Party that has pitted the national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, against the national secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, seems to be in no hurry to go away.
The tussle has worsened with Tukur’s chief of staff, Alhaji Habu Aliyu Fari, challenging Oyinlola’s authority to query his actions and his appointment as chief of staff, which Oyinlola declared non-existent in the party’s administrative structure.
Fari, in a letter dated June 8, 2012, in response to a memo from Oyinlola dated same day, insisted that he has the authority, mandate and directives of the party chairman in all he has done in the course of his duties.
It was gathered that Tukur had directed Fari to respond to Oyinlola’s memo, so as to set the records straight.
Copies of Fari’s letter were sent to President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Senate President David Mark; Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
Fari, in the letter in which Tukur and all members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) were copied, stated, “All letters written by me, including the one you mentioned, were done and dispatched on the authority of the national chairman.
“I sincerely believe that the correspondence was in good faith and without any calculated attempt to undermine your office as you misrepresented.
“For your information, there was no correspondence in effect carried out by me without the directives of the national chairman. You may wish to cross cheek in order to ascertain my source of authority,” he added.
He also faulted the national secretary’s recommendation that he (Fari) be guided by the PDP Establishment Manual in the administration of the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
“I want to visit your persistent emphasis on the Establishment Manual and your attempt to recognise it far and above the constitution of the party.
“In order to educate you substantially, the constitution comes first above the Establishment Manual and any regulations governing the party.
“The Establishment Manual, which we produced in the year 2000, before you joined the party, was with the singular intention to run the national secretariat smoothly.
“The said Establishment Manual is currently under review. It was reviewed by the immediate past National Working Committee without its adoption and approval by the National Executive Committee (NEC), hence its present review status.
“For the fact that the document is to be reviewed has given room for consistent input to accommodate new ideas for the best interest of our great party,” Fari stated.
He denied allegations that the office of the national chairman, by its action, wanted to set the party’s NWC on a collision course with the governors, who constitute a powerful bloc in the party, and also dismissed insinuations that he (Fari) was on a vengeance mission in PDP, following his unceremonious exit as PDP’s pioneer national administrative secretary, along with other directors.
He added: “I would like to remind you that my appointment as the chief of staff to the national chairman was strictly at his pleasure. I do not think there is any guiding regulations or law that prohibits the national chairman in doing so.
“I am certain that this is applicable to other appointments made by His Excellency, the national chairman. I also wondered why you erroneously declared my office non-existent. For what reasons and on whose authority?”