ABUJA-STRONG indications emerged Sunday that the days of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Alhaji Bamanga Tukur are numbered as the governors elected on the platform of the party yesterday resolved that he must go if there must be peace in the party
Rising from a three-hour meeting held at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, the PDP governors came to a conclusion that the PDP national Chairman must go as the only solution to the political logjam in the PDP. The governors argued that since he became chairman of the party in 2012, the party has not witnessed peace because of his administrative style which does not go down well party members.
Vanguard gathered that the governors decided at the meeting that the North East geo-political zone of the country which produced Bamanga Tukur should immediately search for his replacement ahead of the March 2014 mid term Special convention where Tukur will finally leave as PDP national Chairman.
Meanwhile, from the zone, Bauchi state is actually angling for the position pushing for the former Acting National Secretary and a former Chairmanship aspirant, Dr. Musa Babayo as well as former BauchiState governor, Alhaji Adamu Mauzu.
The governors at the end of Sunday’s meeting hurried to Presidential villa for another round of meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, and chairman, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, Chief Tony Anenih where they will be briefed on the decision of the PDP governors.
It will be recalled that since the election of Tukur along side other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, the governors have been calling for the sack of Bamanga Tukur over his style of administration
Vanguard gathered that at Sunday’s meeting, the PDP governors were said to have frowned at the attitude of the national chairman of the party which they noted has inflamed negative passion rather than calm frayed nerves as well as overheating the polity which culminated in the dumping of the party by five PDP governors to All Progressives Congress, APC.
It will also be recalled that seven aggrieved governors under the name G- 7 were at logger head with the Tukur led National Working Committee, NWC. They were the chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum, NSGF, and governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; Governors Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State; Rabiu Kwakwanso of Kano; Sule Lamido of Jigawa; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa ; Aliyu Wamakko and Abdulfattah Ahmed of Kwara. Of this group, only Sule Lamido and Aliyu Babangida of Niger did not join their colleagues while others left which the PDP governors said was not good for the party ahead of 2015.
Sunday’s meeting which started at past 6pm came to an end at 9.35pm.
Present at the meeting were the Chairman, PDP governors’ Forum and Akwa Ibom State governor, Godswill Akpabio; Theodore Orji (Abia); Martins Elechi, Ebonyi; Idris Wada (kogi), Saidu Dakingari, Kebbi; Sullivan Chime (Enugu); Isa Yuguda (Bauchi); Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Jonah Jang (Plateau), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta); Garba Umar (Taraba); Ramallan Yero of Kaduna and deputy governor of Niger State.