Jonathan Clashes With Governors Over Bamanga Tukur’s Office

Posted: January 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

The choice of who becomes the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party following the stepping aside of the tough-talking Bamanga Tukur is causing ripples between President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife and some Governors elected on the platform of the party.

“The President and his wife are bent on picking Wakil. At this critical time, we need a chairman who is an orator, who can carry people along and be able to grant interviews.

“[But] we need someone who is pragmatic and is loved by all. This is not the right time to have a divided house.”

According to Punch, while President Jonathan and his wife, Patience, have settled for a former member of the House of Representatives, Mohammed Wakil, some of the governors are kicking against the choice.

Some reasons adduced for the rejection of Wakil, who is a former House of Reps Leader, are his inability to carry people along and inability to lead the majority while in the House.

One of the governors, who spoke with Punch in Abuja, said the President was bent on picking Wakil. He said the governors of the party from the North-East have also told President Jonathan that they will prefer the next chairman of the party to come from either Yobe or Borno State, where PDP is not in power.

The governor added that the President would be meeting with the governors on Sunday night to discuss the matter further.

It was further learnt that the governors are rooting for former Minister of the FCT, Abba Gana, who hails from Borno, and they have reached out to their colleagues in other zones to support their choice.

Other candidates for the post are Senator Abubakar Mahdi, Senator Abba Aji, Idris Waziri, Gambo Lawan, Adamu Waziri, Ibrahim Bunu, Musa Babayo, Habu Fari, among others.

When contacted, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, insisted that there is nothing wrong if the President, as a leader of the party, has interest in who becomes PDP chairman.

Meanwhile, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has gone underground since he was disgraced out of office.

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