By Henry Umoru
ABUJA-NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur yesterday survived planned moves to remove him as governors elected on the platform of the party have passed a vote of confidence on him.
The decision was taken at the end of the meeting of the governors held on Thursday at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja.
Though Journalists were not allowed into the venue of the meeting, but Vanguard gathered that at the end of the meeting which ended at 8.45 pm, the governors decided to pass the vote of confidence and end the bickering which has scattered the party that led to the defection of five governors to All Progressives Congress, APC against the backdrop that was enmeshed in crises and the APC waxing stronger.
A source at the meeting told vanguard that Tukur had a smooth ride following the failure of North East to produce a replacement for Tukur as it was agreed penultimate week by the governors that the zone should shop for Tukur’s replacement.
The Governors immediately after the meeting rushed to Presidential villa apparently to brief the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan on the outcome of the meeting.
Present at the meeting were Bamanga Tukur, Governors of Akwa Ibom State, Delta; Enugu; Bayelsa; Benue; Cross River; Kaduna; Deputy governor of Niger and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim Pius.
Moved by the defection of 37 lawmakers of the PDP extraction in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, PDP national Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, members of the National Working Committee, NWC, governors of the PDP were yesterday night in a marathon meeting with Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Leader of the House, Mulikat Akande and other members of PDP caucus in the lower chamber.
Roll of those who attended the meeting apart from the governors include secretary to government of the federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, dep speaker Emeka Ihidioha, House leader Mulikat Akande and other reps.
The meeting with members of House of Representatives started after Tukur had met the PDP govs and commenced at 9.15pm and was still in progress as at the time of this report.
Addressing the gathering before it went into closed door, house leader, Akande said the PDP caucus meeting was called to enhance synergy between the House and the leadership of the party.