Thursday, 20 June 2013

Tukur Must Stay – Jonathan

With the intense pressure to remove the National Chairman Of the PDP by Stakeholders the PResidency has thrown full support to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to lessen the pressure
The pressure to remove Tukur at today’s National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of the party was being mounted by vested party interests including governors and the powerful caucus of state chairmen.
President Goodluck Jonathan according to sources insisted on retaining Tukur with a source saying: “Is it every battle that the President must lose? He lost the battle to make Jonah Jang chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, so must he also lose this one?”
Last night there were high level meetings in Abuja by major stakeholders including the influential caucus of state chairmen where most of them said Tukur has to go
Besides, state governors including those identified as pro-presidency were also said to be canvassing that Tukur join other eight national officers that have decided to resign in accordance with the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The efforts against Tukur were despite recruitment by the Tukur camp of high level stakeholders to project the sustenance of the Tukur regime. Erstwhile Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark was one of the high profile party men that came out yesterday to back Tukur. Clark in a statement alleged that the move against Tukur was another ploy by those against President Goodluck Jonathan, even as he asserted that the man had done no wrong.