PDP NEC, not Tukur, must address crises – Govs

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The last may not have been heard about the unending crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as majority of its governors are said to be insisting on compelling President Goodlock Jonathan to prevail on the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to convene the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party with immediate effect.

An impeccable source close to one of the governors told the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja on Sunday night that the move was to ensure the NEC waded into the crisis rocking the party, rather than allowing Alhaji Tukur, allegedly at the centre of the crisis, to take charge.

The party’s NEC meeting was last held almost a year ago and all efforts by the stakeholders to prevail on the Alhaji Tukur-led National Working Committee (NWC) to convene it had failed.

This is coming just as Alhaji Tukur was said to be pushing for a mid-tern national convention of the party, for a possible replacement of some members of the NWC who, he perceived, were not loyal to him and the presidency, ahead the 2015 general election.

It was gathered that Alhaji Tukur was against the move to convene a NEC meeting, as he feared the governors might use the meeting to sack him from office.

Nigerian Tribune learnt on Sunday night that President Jonathan was expected to meet with the governors today over the crisis rocking the party, with a view to finding a lasting solution to it ahead the 2015 general election.

A presidency source told the Nigerian Tribune that President Jonathan was already in dilemma over whether or not to sack Tukur as being demanded by the governors, or to beg them to give Tukur time to change his style of administration.

Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, blamed the ongoing crisis tearing the PDP apart on its chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

The governor noted that the leadership of the party was making a mistake by suspending “most of its committed members,” such as Sokoto State governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wammako and Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi.

Lamido, speaking on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Hausa Service, affirmed that Tukur’s style of leadership was the reason behind the ongoing crisis rocking the party.

Lamido said the internal problem within the party was worrisome, stressing that suspending both governors was not good for the party.

The governor further stated that the current PDP national chairman had failed to abide by the party’s constitution, which stipulated that the National Executive Committee (NEC) was supposed to meet once in every three months, adding that since the assumption of Tukur as chairman, the NEC had never met.

According to him, “the future will prove that the leadership has made terrible mistakes.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has advised his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, to desist from impersonating the office of the NGF chairman.

Governor Amaechi, in a statement he personally signed and released to the media in Port Harcourt on Sunday afternoon, also said contrary to earlier reported calls by Governor Jang for a meeting of the forum, scheduled to hold today, the forum had not scheduled a meeting of its own, rather they, as governors, would be meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Amaechi also pointed out that there is only one chairman of the NGF, elected by members of the forum on May 23 and that person was himself, while he appealed to Jang to respect the democratic process they all participated in and stop parading himself as chairman of the forum.

He reminded him of the legal matter against him by the Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, who had insisted that Jang lost in the election.

Amaechi also allayed fears that the NGF crisis ran deep, assuring that they, as governors and friends, would resolve the disagreement amicably.

“On Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, reports in the media credited to my brother governor, Jonah Jang of Plateau State, announced that he has called for a Nigeria Governors’ Forum meeting.

“Ordinarily, I would have ignored these reports as I do not imagine that as governors, who hold our people’s mandate through the democratic process of free and fair elections, we would do anything to impugn our integrity.

“However, as chairman of the NGF, elected by my colleagues to safeguard their integrity and that of the forum, it has become imperative for me to request my brother and Governor Jang to remain within the confines of decorum and cease to impersonate me and to stop parading himself as NGF chairman.

“There is only one chairman of the forum, duly elected by a vote tally of 19:16 on Friday, May 24, 2013. For the avoidance of doubt, I as chairman of the NGF have not called for any meeting for Monday, June 17, 2013.

“The only meeting scheduled for Monday, June 17, is a meeting of all governors with President Jonathan, scheduled to hold at 9.00 p.m at Aso Rock Villa. All governors should please ensure attendance at this meeting.

“Governor Jang is my brother and friend and I harbor no ill feelings against him, but it is important that he stops this impersonation, as it could threaten all the good work we all have done together,” he said.

 

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