This Day (Lagos)

16 December 2013

Nigeria: Tukur - My Removal Will Make Jonathan Vulnerable

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has risen against the plot by the governors elected on the platform of the party for his removal from office, stating that the plot is aimed at making President Goodluck Jonathan vulnerable.

Tukur wondered whether it was a crime for him to be loyal to the president, who is the leader of the party.

The governors elected on the platform of the PDP had in the past two weeks mounted pressures for Tukur's removal from office, accusing him of being a stumbling block in the wheel of progress of the party.

In their last Friday's meeting, the PDP governors recommended for a soft landing for Tukur, suggesting that he made an ambassador and posted outside the country.

According to the Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the PDP national chairman, Senator Abubakar Umar Gada, "as far as Tukur is concerned, the PDP governors are loyal to the president and the national body, except for a few with hidden agenda who are nursing the plot to remove him (Tukur) because of their personal presidential ambition.

"This few governors that are clamouring for the removal of Tukur are doing so with a hidden agenda to make President Jonathan vulnerable because of his loyalty. These governors that are clamouring for the removal of the national chairman are known with hidden presidential ambition.

"The plot is remove Tukur and make Jonathan vulnerable because the national chairman is blocking their political ambition," Gada said.

The Special Adviser said the national chairman had kept quiet for some time with the feeling that these governors would see reason and stop their negative campaigns against the PDP chairman. He asked: "What is the offence of the national chairman that the governors will be asking for his removal?"

Gada said the plot of the PDP governors calling for the removal of Tukur did not meet any reason, as there had not been any of the governors that asked for legitimate request that was not granted.

"Which of these governors have 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 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 plots of these few governors, who see Tukur as blocking their discreet presidential ambitions," Gada said.

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