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VP: Tukur advises Jonathan to shun pressure

By Umar Yusuf
YOLA — Elder statesman and member of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur wants President Goodluck Jonathan to shun pressure mounted by PDP Governors, the Senate as well as PDP executive over their insistence to have a hand in the emergence of the next Vice President of the country.

Speaking, yesterday in an interview with newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State, Tukur, who is also member of the Presidential Advisory Committee, said: “Vice President’s choice is a constitutional and sole prerogative of Mr. President and he must shun everybody who wants to be part in the decision.”

Turkur, former Governor of the defunct Gongola State, said efforts being tailored by the Senate as well as the governors to be part of the decision was not only unconstitutional, but also undemocratic, advising that Jonathan should let them understand his duties, those of the Senate and governors.

“He should not surrender to such agitations, they are fake and malicious. How can President Jonathan, PDP, Senators or the governors imposed on him a vice president. It is not democratic.”

Tukur, a former minister, said it was too early for politicians to tense up the polity while “agitating for the zone where power will go and where it will not.”

He said it was sickening for the politicians to swim into agitations for power shift when the country was yet to absorb the shock of the demise of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

“Even besides that, rotation is a party’s affair, the party decides on issue of rotation and no other organ can decide rotation. We started that in the NPN, It gives a level of trust in polity.

“Zoning is good, it is done for fairness. Politics is game of number and if not for rotation, some minority tribes in the country will not taste power,” he said.


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