PDP threatens to sanction Aliyu, Lamido, Nyako, two other Govs

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur, on Monday told five Governors on the platform of the party currently on “consultations on the state of the nation” that the party’s leadership would be “waiting to hear from them” after they may have concluded their mission.
While reiterating all the efforts made by the party’s leadership to ensure reconciliation among its aggrieved members, Tukur warned the affected Governors to retrace their steps, as they have better methods of addressing their grievances.
The five northern Governors currently on ‘rescue mission’ include Chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and Niger State Governor, Mua’zu Babangida Aliyu; Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, and Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.
The others are Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido, and Kano State Governor, Musa Kwankwaso.
They have been moving round the country to “consult” with past leaders over the nation’s state of affairs.
Tukur warned the five Governors to give peace a chance by exploring internal mechanism of the party in resolving crisis rather than exposing the challenges within the party to the whole world to see.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja following his return from the lesser Hajj, Tukur also condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over what he termed its meddlesomeness in the attempt to settle the leadership crisis in the Anambra State chapter of the PDP.
“In the recent past, the media has been awash with accusations and counter accusations from some of our party members.
“As much as we as a party respect the constitutional right of individuals to public opinions, movement and association, such exercise should be done with some element of civility and in keeping with the norms of the society, the party’s constitution and guidelines.
“To this effect, it is advisable that party faithful who are aggrieved should use the party’s internal resolution platform, that is to say the party’s reconciliation committee or the leadership of the party,” Tukur said.
Faulting the position of INEC on the Anambra State PDP chairmanship debacle, Tukur said it was procedurally wrong for the electoral umpire to give recognition to anyone as the authentic leader of the party in the state because it is only the party that can give such recognition while the duty of INEC is just to monitor the elections.
INEC and PDP have been at loggerheads over who the authentic chairman of the PDP in Anambra State is.
While the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) wrote a public letter to give recognition to Ken Emeakaiyi, INEC on the other hand said the only person it recognises as Anambra PDP chairman is Ejike Oguebego.
While Tukur was away on the lesser Hajj, other members of the PDP NWC on a visit to INEC office over the crisis were told by INEC that Emeakaiyi would not be given recognition because Tukur had even written to it (INEC) confirming Oguebego as the Anambra State PDP chairman.
INEC at the weekend further confirmed its stance on the issue by insisting that its position on the recognition given to Oguebego was sacrosanct.
And though the fate of the party in the November 16 Anambra State governorship election remains uncertain, Tukur said PDP was poised to clinch victory at the poll.
Promising that the party will provide good leadership to the people of the state if voted into power, he said: “In line with this, the National Working Committee has set out guidelines for the Anambra State governorship election with the Ward Congresses now in progress.”
“Our commitment to the people of Anambra State is to work hard and put in place a PDP administration that will deliver in abundance democratic dividends to the people of the state as is reminiscent in other PDP controlled states nationwide.”
Tukur also spoke on the newly registered All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the merger that produced it was a mere child’s play.
According to him, PDP does not require to merge with any political party in the country for it to win elections.
Tukur enthused that he was leading a formidable political organisation that could not be intimidated by the antics of the opposition.
“PDP as a united and formidable political organisation under a big and unshakable umbrella does not require a merger or coalition with any political organisation to face any other political party in the country to implement her genuine economic programmes aimed at alleviating the sufferings of Nigerian masses under the Transformation Agenda of our Dear President Dr. Ebele Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

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