…Tukur Insists No Shaking Over Sack Plot
There are growing anxiety in the air and within the top hierarchy of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) that the National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Bamanga Tukur, may be the sacrificial lamb to ensure that the remaining two aggrieved governors remain in the PDP.
FrontiersNews checks indicated that the planned meeting of both President Goodluck Jonathan with the remaining two rebel governors – Sule Lamido of Jigawa State and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State later today over their disagreement with the leadership of the ruling party may be all that would seal the fate of Tukur as PDP chairman.
However, Bamanga Tukur would not be the only Chairman of the ruling party to vacate office in controversial manner as others before him live under one crisis or the other.
We gathered that the meeting, scheduled to take place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, will also have in attendance the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of PDP, Mr. Tony Anenih popularly called Mr. Fix it, as well as some leaders and stakeholders of the party.
Lamido and Aliyu had stayed back in the PDP after their five colleagues in the G7, the platform on which they fought the PDP leadership, defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC). The five governors who defected are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdufatah Ahmed (Kwara), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto) and Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano).
The meeting is a follow up to the one Jonathan and Sambo held last Sunday with the governors elected on the platform of PDP where problems affecting the party were raised, but there was no consensus, especially as it came after the defection of the five of the governors in the G7 to the APC.
Though feelers from the Tukur camp indicated palpable tension over what may befall the national chairman ahead of Sunday’s meeting because of the condition given by the rebel governors that the PDP National Chairman must go as the only solution to the political logjam in the ruling party against the backdrop that since he became Chairman of the PDP in 2012, the party has not seen peace because of what they described as his poor administrative style.
Sunday Vanguard was told, last night, that Lamido and Aliyu would represent their former colleagues in the G7 at the meeting by proxy. In essence, the President seems to still want the five governors who defected back in the PDP.
Meanwhile, Tukur has described the alleged move to remove him by the governors as mere speculation, just as he said he was not moved by the report.
Tukur who spoke through his Special Assistant, Media, Prince Oliver Okpala, the PDP National Chairman said, “Bamanga Tukur is not moved by the political speculation on the news making round that he will be sacrificed in the reconciliation movement because he has paid his dues as the National Chairman of the party and as one of the founding fathers of the PDP.
“He is ever ready to take the PDP to greater heights and ensure more electoral victory for the party in 2014 and 2015. It is a political speculation.”