28 January 2013

Nigeria: Tukur/PDP Govs' Face-Off - Govs Meet Today to Consider Peace Offer

Lagos — The 24 Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors are meeting today to consider the peace proposal in their face-off with the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.

The peace proposal articulated by the Governor Sule Lamido-led committee on the PDP crisis in Adamawa State, Vanguard learnt yesterday, recommended the harmonization of the two state executives with varied loyalties to Governor Murtala Nyako and Tukur.

Ahead of today's meeting, the prospect of the governors sheathing their swords was still unclear as some of them were warning that allowing Tukur have his way could bounce back on some of them.

Besides, last week's decision of the national chairman to allow the inauguration of the Joel Madaki-led executive which is opposed to Nyako, was also being cited as another reason of bad faith on the part of the national chairman.

Cause for concern

There was also cause for concern on the decision of the national chairman to go ahead with a meeting today with the deputies of the members of the National Working Committee, NWC. The meeting between Tukur and the deputies of the NWC follows the face-off between the national chairman and NWC members who reversed the decision to dissolve the Umaru Kugama-led state executive that is loyal to Gov. Nyako.

The governors are equally concerned with the rush Tukur has moved to see the back of Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the national secretary of the party following the judicial annulment of the zonal congress that recommended Oyinlola for the post of national scribe.

Govs may demand NEC emergency meeting

The governors, it was learnt, may today consider their option of demanding an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, through which they hope to reverse recent actions of Tukur.

Vanguard sources close to the Lamido committee disclosed that as part of their recommendations for peace in the party, the committee has proposed the harmonization of the Kugama and Madaki factions that are respectively loyal to Nyako and Tukur.

Harmonization of factions

It was learnt that the Lamido ad-hoc committee reasoned that harmonization remained the only option open to the survival of the party in the state.

While the Kugama executive is loyal to Nyako, nearly all the other stakeholders in the state are supportive of the Madaki faction. Senator Jibril Aminu, who initially backed Nyako's emergence as governor in 2007 at the inauguration of the Madaki executive last week said the enthronement of the Madaki executive was an opportunity to correct the mistakes of the past.

The Lamido committee is expected to meet today to formally adopt the recommendation which is expected to be forwarded to President Goodluck Jonathan who constituted the committee.

Govs divided on peace move

Ahead of today's meeting of the governors, there were indications that the governors may come out divided on their response to the peace offer from the Lamido committee. While majority of the governors were understood to be strongly opposed to any compromise with Tukur, a few of the governors who are clearly in the minority are supportive of the national chairman.

NWC members indifference

Meanwhile, members of the NWC were, yesterday, claiming indifference to today's meeting between their deputies and Tukur.

The meeting which involves the deputy national women leader, deputy national secretary, deputy national organizing secretary, deputy national publicity secretary among others was believed in some circles to be another attempt by Tukur to weaken the NWC members who are believed to be disloyal to him.

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