By Henry Umoru
ABUJA-FOLLOWING planned moves to sack him as National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur said unequivocally yesterday that if the governors and others succeed, his removal will put President Goodluck Jonathan in a vulnerable position thereby making it easy for him to be harmed or attacked by perceived enemies, just as he stressed that some of the governors nursing presidential ambition would their ways.
According to Tukur, he is a happy man because President Jonathan is wiser and completely aware of the plots of some few governors who see him as blocking what he described as their discreet presidential ambition.
Fighting back at the governors elected on the platform of the party who want his removal, Tukur who boasted that it was not a crime for him to be loyal to President Jonathan who is the leader of PDP, however asked if there was anything wrong in being loyal, which explains why they want him axed as PDP national chairman, with a shop for his replacement.
Bamanga Tukur who spoke to Journalists through his Special Adviser on Political Affairs, Senator Abubakar Umar Gada Sunday said, “as far as the national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is concerned, the PDP governors are loyal to the President and the national, except for a few with hidden agenda who are nursing the plot to remove Bamanga Tukur because of their personal presidential ambition.
“These few governors that are clamouring for the removal of Tukur are doing so with a hidden agenda to make President Jonathan because of his loyalty. These governors that are clamouring for the removal of the national chairman are known with hidden presidential ambition. The plot is remove Tukur and make Jonathan vulnerable, because the national chairman is blocking their political ambition”
It will be recalled that Governors elected on the platform of the PDP have in the past two weeks mounted pressures for the removal of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, just as they resolved on Sunday last week that Tukur must go if there must be peace in the party.
Rising from a meeting held at the Akwa Ibom State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, last week, the PDP governors after the well over three hours meeting as gathered came to a conclusion that the PDP national Chairman must go as the only solution to the political logjam in the PDP against the backdrop that since he became chairman of the party in 2012, the party has not seen peace because of what they termed his administrative style which does not go in tandem with members of the PDP.
Though Journalists were not briefed at the end of the meeting, but Vanguard gathered that the governors decided at the meeting that the North East geo-political zone of the country which produced Bamanga Tukur should immediately search for his replacement ahead of the March 2014 mid term Special convention where Tukur will finally leave as PDP national Chairman.
Accusing him as being a stumbling block in the wheel of progress of the party, the PDP governors as gathered recommended that Tukur be posted as an ambassador to may be one of the Asia Countries.
Speaking further, Senator Gada who noted that the PDP national chairman had kept quiet for some time with the feeling that these governors will see reason and stop what h termed. their negative campaign against Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, asked, “What is the offence of the national chairman that the governors will be asking for his removal”.
According to Senator Gada, the plot of the PDP governors calling for the removal of Tukur did not meet any sense against the backdrop that none of the governors had made legitimate requests that were not granted, adding, “Which of these governors have asked or made a legitimate request that the national chairman did not grant their requests? What wrong has the national chairman done that a few of these governors would be asking for his head?
“The only crime that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has committed is because he is loyal to President Jonathan. Do the few PDP governors clamouring for Tukur’s removal as national chairman want a national chairman that would be disobedient to the President?
“By setting the gimmick for the removal of Tukur as national chairman, they are going to make the president vulnerable and open for attacks. But we are happy that the President is wiser and completely aware of the plots of these few governors, who see Tukur as blocking their discreet presidential ambition.”