From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
In spite of several pronouncements by the Peoples’ Democratic Party, [PDP] National Working Committee, [NWC] that it enjoys a warm working relationship with its governors, it has been confirmed that the governors are not relenting in their agitation for the removal of the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Most of the governors boycotted the recent reconciliatory tours of the Bamanga Tukur-led leadership in their respective zones.
The grand finale of the rally was equally boycotted by no fewer than twenty of the PDP governors. A Daily Sun source disclosed that the message was not lost on the Presidency which unlike its previous reluctance has started considering replacement for the embattled chairman. The source did not however confirm if Alhaji Tukur would be asked to tender his resignation, as he simply submitted that ‘’nobody is bigger than the party.
“Initially, we thought some of the governors were merely stubborn and heady, but the last event, which they were all expected to attend but boycotted was the highpoint of the rebellion within and it cannot be allowed to continue like this. Something will definitely be done to avert a helpless situation”
The source further revealed that the meeting the chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Anenih had with some of the governors was illuminating enough as they opened up on their disaffection with the administration of the party under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s leadership. The former Works Minister in his own trouble shooting initiative had met with Alhaji Sule Lamido and Rabiu Kwankwaso, governors of Jigawa and Kano States, respectively.
‘’The governors expressed their disappointment over the intransigence of the Tukur-led national executive to convene the national executive committee meeting of the party. This is even in spite of the demand for it by the governors in the communiqué issued at the end of their meeting. The governors further told Chief Anenih that they had no issue with President Jonathan but the man in the saddle at the party’s national secretariat. They were very open and assured Chief Anenih that they were not going to leave the party. ’’
Daily Sun source could however not confirm if Chief Anenih has briefed President Goodluck Jonathan on his revealing discussions with some of the governors. But when asked yesterday at a media briefing on the agitation of governors for the convening of the PDP NEC meeting, Alhaji Tukur assured that the meeting would soon hold.
“I am going to summon NEC meeting soon,’’ he told journalists. Efforts to seek the response of Presidential Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Barrister Ali Ahmed Gulak did not yield results as he failed to pick his calls and did not respond to text messages from Daily Sun reporter .