Thursday, 20 June 2013

Tukur Storms PDP Secretariat

Tukur, in a show of physical wellness showed up at the PDP national secretariat, yesterday, countering the increasing mutterings of party stakeholders that he is too old to run the party. He, however, did not talk to waiting reporters as he moved straight to his office
Ahead of the meeting of state chairmen, an influential state chairman disclosed that the exit of Tukur has become the only solution to the endless crises in the party.
“The situation we have now is like a mad man being given a dagger and willing to kill himself and others,” the influential party official said.
Another senior party official from the South-East also speaking on the condition of anonymity, lamented the erosion of party unity and the continued crises in the party since the advent of the Tukur regime.
Indicative of the pressure against Tukur, one member of the influential G-84 in the NEC told Vanguard, last night, that retaining the national chairman would be unrealistic after a presidential committee comprising the Secretary to the Government of the Federation; the President’s Chief of Staff among others, recommended his exit so the party can have peace.
“How can he be saying that the president wants him when the SGF, the Chief of Staff and several others working for the President submitted that Tukur’s exit was the only solution for the restoration of peace?” the official quipped.
Another position being canvassed by state officials of the party was Tukur’s failure to visit state chapters since his advent.
“This is not a party you run from Abuja or your house. You have to go round and so far maybe because of his age, he has largely failed to do so,” one state chairman quipped yesterday ahead of their meeting.
Besides, there were indications that the party governors who have lately been divided over the choice of a chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF could be united in pushing for the ouster of Tukur today.
A source said that the issue has united the governors of the party who could today mend fences to push Tukur out. A senior aide of one of the pro-Jonathan governors speaking on the condition of anonymity said: ”It is the consensus of the governors that he has to go for the party to move forward.”