One NEC member from the North-east, who did not want to be named, said: "Names like the former National Administrative Secretary, Habu Fari, from Taraba State and the former acting National Secretary of PDP, Dr. Musa Babayo from Bauchi State, have been mentioned as possible replacements for Tukur.
"Some members are also suggesting a replacement in the person of the former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mauzu, while some are rooting for the former Minister of Defence, Abdullahi Shettima. "We don't know what will happen at the NEC meeting, but everything depends on the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan."
Also, the name of the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abba Gana, from Borno State is another person who has been touted as a possible replacement for Tukur.
When reminded that the issue of change of leadership was not on the agenda of the meeting, the NEC member said: " It depends on the president, if he wants a change of leadership, the agenda of a meeting means nothing to the NEC meeting. It can come under AOB (Any Other Business)."
In addition to the current search for Tukur's replacement, the governors who have been pushing for his ouster are insisting that the next chairman of the party should come from a non-PDP controlled state. They have premised their position on the fact that most chairmen of the party end up in power tussles with sitting PDP governors. So they see this as a measure to prevent differences that might arise between a chairman of the PDP and a governor elected on the platform of the party.
Jonathan, in this regard, has been meeting with the party's governors on an individual basis during the yuletide period to sample their opinions on whether Tukur should go or not.
In recent days, he has meet with Governors Isa Yuguda (Bauchi), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom).