Jonathan wades into Tukur, Gana face-off over PDP convention


President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday summoned to the presidential villa the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and chairman, PDP special national convention, Prof. Jerry Gana over the face-off that led to the cancellation of the August 31 rescheduled date of the convention.
The meeting which was still holding as at press time yesterday was expected to be a platform for the President to settle the humiliation that Gana and his secretary, Senator Ike Ekweremadu suffered last week when they were locked out at the residence of the National Chairman on his directives.
A Presidency source told National Mirror that the President will overrule the National Chairman over the cancellation of the August 31 date earlier proposed by the Planning Committee for the South-West convention and special National Convention.
The party’s NWC at its meeting on Monday suspended the Gana committee for overreaching their duties.
“In view of the anomalies and breaches of the constitution of the PDP observed in the actions so far taken by the Special National Convention Planning Committee, the NWC has directed the Committee to put on hold all activities relating to the Special South- West Zonal Congresses and the Special National Convention pending the regularisation of the anomalies and breaches so as to forestall a repeat of the events that affected the party’s convention in 2012.”
But the Villa source said President Jonathan wants to restore peace to the party and he is also disposed to the party conducting the conventions as planned.
“President Jonathan called for a truce between Tukur and Gana as the matter could degenerate to a full crisis situation. It is certain the August date for the convention will stand but the President is insisting that discipline must be maintained in the party and the party leadership must be supported to instill discipline in the PDP,” the source said.

 via national mirror
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