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PDP Crisis: Tukur Hits Back At Governors, Says Removal Will Make Jonathan Vulnerable

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PDP-National-Chairman-Alhaji-Bamanga-TukurNational Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has accused those calling for his removal from office as having a sinister agenda which includes making President Goodluck Jonathan vulnerable.

He also accused some of the party’s governors, who have made his removal from office as condition for peace in the ruling party as nursing what he called ‘discreet’ presidential ambition and see him as an obstacle to achieving their political aspirations.

The party chairman wondered whether loyalty had become a crime in the nation’s polity.

Tukur’s position was made known by his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Senator Abubakar Umar Gada.

Tukur’s response was against the backdrop of reports that PDP governors’ met Friday night at the Akwa Ibom governor’s lodge in Abuja where they resolved that the national chairman should resign in order to halt the gale of defection that has hit the party in recent times.

As compensation for his removal, the governors reportedly mulled advising President Jonathan to give Tukur a choice ambassadorial appointment.

Gada, who spoke apparently after consulting Tukur, said: “As far as the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, is concerned, the PDP governors are loyal to the President and the national leadership of the party, except for a few with hidden agenda who are nursing the plot to remove Tukur because of their personal presidential ambition.

“These few governors that are clamouring for the removal of Tukur are doing so with a hidden agenda to make President Jonathan vulnerable.

“These governors that are clamouring for the removal of the national chairman are known with hidden presidential ambition.

“The plot is to remove Tukur and make Jonathan vulnerable, because the national chairman is blocking their political ambition,” he said.

Gada challenged the governors clamouring for Tukur’s removal to list his sins, if they are indeed sincereto list Tukur’s sins, if they are sincere.

He added: “The National Chairman of PDP has kept quiet for some time with the feeling that these governors will see reason and stop their negative campaign against him.

“What is the offence of the national chairman that the governors will be asking for his removal?

“Which of these governors has asked or made a legitimate request that the national chairman did not grant? What wrong has the national chairman done that a few of these governors would be asking for his head?

“The only crime that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has committed is because he is loyal to President Jonathan. Do the few PDP governors clamouring for Tukur’s removal as national chairman want a national chairman that would be disobedient to the President?

“By setting the gimmick for the removal of Tukur as national chairman, they are going to make the president vulnerable and open for attacks.

“But we are happy that the President is wiser and completely aware of the plot of these few governors, who see Tukur as blocking their discreet presidential ambition”.

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3 Comments

  1. Adebayo moshood abdulazeez

    December 16, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Anybody can contest any post in as much as the person is qualify for the post and it is unlawful for one person to block another from contest as stated by Tukur

  2. Daniel Bassey

    December 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Does it means that he is loyal to gej and not the party. I think loyalty to the party should be paramount and not individual loyalty. Give party members equal opportunity to exhale than hijakin the party to promote one mans interest.

  3. UR FADA

    December 17, 2013 at 7:04 am

    @Bassey wise talk

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

Dave Umahi

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

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Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

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“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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