December 10, 2013

PDP crisis: Jonathan,Tukur, NWC members hold emergency meeting

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan

By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan last night summoned the national Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and other members of the National Working Committee, NWC to an emergency meeting at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

Vanguard gathered that the meeting which also had in attendance the Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT of PDP, Chief Tony Anenih was called to brainstorm on the outcome of Sunday meeting of PDP governors and the subsequent one the President had with the governors as well as some members of the G5 who dumped the PDP for All Progressives Congress, APC.

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur  and President Goodluck Jonathan

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan

The president on Sunday held a meeting with the PDP governors alongside the Governor of Sokoto state, Aliyu Wamakko and Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of KanoState who dumped PDP for APC.

Bamanga Tukur and members of the NWC drove in the same bus to the Villa from Sheraton Hotel and Towers immediately after the night of tribute for the pioneer National chairman of the party, Chief Solomon Lar at 8.45pm.

The meeting as gathered will discuss the burning issues affecting the party, the defection of the governors and planned moves to get them back to the party as well as look into the demands of the governors especially the request that Tukur must be eased out as PDP national Chairman.

Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered yesterday that the embattled Bamanga Tukur was lobbying party leaders, stakeholders and governors of North East to ensure that Bauchi, Taraba and Gombe states jettison the idea of producing a chairman for the party thereby narrowing it to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

It will be recalled that governors elected on the platform of the party on Sunday resolved that Tukur must go if there must be peace in the party.