Thursday, 20 June 2013

Crisis In PDP As Stakeholders Ask Bamanga To Quit

PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur is being pressured to resign ahead of the the party's national executive committee meeting today following the mass resignation of the national working committee members.
The members who quit were those indicted by the INEC report that said the process of their election was not legit, Sources state that some key National Assembly officers and other stakeholders want Tukur gone
Two petitions surfaced yesterday from PDP Stakeholders Forum asking the national executive committee to resign the chairman over the mis-handling of party affairs. The calls for Tukur's removal as the party chairman resonated the atmosphere yesterday as the party's board of trustees met at the Presidential Villa in Abuja last night. It was attended by the President jonathan but Former Presdident Obasanjo mysteriously was absent.
BOT Secretary Senator Walid Jubril said the problems of the party were discussed but that details would only be unveiled at the NEC meeting today. “We discussed matters connected with our party in preparation for the NEC meeting coming up tomorrow (today), we want to assure you that details of the meeting will be communicated to you after the NEC meeting,” he said.
Last night’s meeting was also attended by BOT chairman Tony Anenih, Senate President David Mark, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, House of Representatives Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and others. Hours before the BOT met, a group called PDP Stakeholders’ Forum released a petition to the party’s NEC, demanding for the Tukur’s removal as national chairman for alleged poor handling of the party’s affairs.
The petition, dated June 19, 2013 and signed by the forum’s chairman Ikenga Ugochinyere, accused Tukur of incompetence, causing disunity and lack of direction in the party. It said also he had grossly abused his office by removing party officers without due process, making illegal appointments and refusing to hold statutory meetings.
The petition said Tukur was not a bona fide member of the PDP eligible to be elected chairman because he had been expelled by the NEC on May 31, 2001 after being indicted for anti-party activities alongside five. The forum said the expulsion had never been lifted nor set aside by a court of law, and that he had never been re-admitted through his Adamawa State PDP chapter as required by the party’s constitution.
In another petition, the forum accused Tukur of illegally altering the 2012 PDP Constitution so that emergency meetings could be summoned at his pleasure, adding that the alterations gave enormous powers to the national working committee and reduced the NEC’s role. Tukur had said on Tuesday he would not resign because he was not affected by the INEC report, based on which his colleagues in the NWC are leaving.