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Of late, PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has been on the receiving end of mud-sliding politics within the political organisation he sought to revitalise. The reconciliatory moves initiated by the PDP octogenarian supremo had generated strong ripples within the party and ruffled many feathers. The exercise had soured relationships between him and some party chieftains including former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and some state governors, who are believed to nurse presidential aspirations. The argument was Tukur is working a script from the Presidency to alienate anybody who does not align with President Goodluck Jonathan’s plan to seek re-election in 2015. Many observers see the PDP chairman as Jonathan’s pitch bull-dog in the battle for supremacy and control of the party ahead of the next presidential elections.
The PDP leadership has failed to convene the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to address the numerous contending issues bothering the party for fear of the unknown. Tukur and other members of the National Working Commttee (NWC) of the party are dreading the wrath of the aggrieved governors, who form the bulk of the NEC and hold immeasurable influence within the structure. Before now, Tukur has been lampooned by some party members over his style of leadership and his refusal to convene the NEC meeting over one year of coming to office, which is a contravention of the party’s constitution.
With concerted pressure coming from the Presidency to compel him to convene the NEC meeting amidst unresolved crisis, observers are already reading meanings into the move. Feelers indicate that President Jonathan who has been shielding Tukur may have bowed to pressure from several stakeholders to relieve the party’s chairman of his job. The president has possibly decided to sacrifice Tukur in a way towards reaching armistice with the governors and some entrenched interests, who are aggrieved by the PDP chairman’s handling of the party’s reconciliation moves. And suggestions have it that Tukur has seen the handwriting on the wall to the extent that he reportedly stated last week that there was a big gang-up against him. Interestingly, some names have been touted as possible replacement including former Bauchi State governor, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, Adamu Maina Waziri, Dr. Musa Babayo, Alhaji Hassan Adamu, Wakilin Adamawa and Prof. Rufa’I Alkali. Tukur has, however, remained adamant.
“As the Chairman, I love my party. If I am serving PDP at my age, the reason is not because I want anything as gains. The reason is that serving the ruling party amounts to serving my nation. I have my nation to serve and diligently too, because the county has made me. So for me it is payback timefor the country that made me who I am. So why would I complain in the face of stiff challenges.
“Yes, as the Chairman, I had taken decisions which had metamorphosed into the reconciliation moves we have been making. We want every member to see the party as his or her own and as party that bestows pride on all. Many people will not like such. In that case, I have no apology for doing well for PDP,” Tukur reportedly said. But will he weather this storm and survive the chopping board? Only time will tell.