PDP Chairmanship: Tukur loses at home

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Updated March 21, 2012

Bamanga Tukur, a contestant for the chairmanship of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a candidate preferred by President Goodluck Jonathan and other senior members of the party was on Wednesday defeated at the North East Zonal Congress which took place in Bauchi.

Bamanga Tukur

Mr Tukur who had last week insisted that the position of PDP chairman is reserved for “daddies” and not for greenhorns was reportedly defeated by the party’s acting National Secretary, Musa Babayo who emerged as the consensus candidate for the Chairmanship of the party which has been zoned to the area.

At the congress, which had governors from the North East and party leaders from the zone in attendance, Mr Babayo polled 14 votes to beat the much older Mr Tukur who scored just two votes.

Announcing the result, the outgoing National Vice Chairman, North-East, Paul Wampana, said former Ministers of Interior and FCT, Shettima Mustapha and Ibrahim Bunu also scored two votes each.

Mr Wampana said the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Rufai Ahmed Alkali, and a former governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Adamu Muazu, scored one vote each.

Girgiri Lawan from Borno State was elected to replace Mr Wampana as the new National Vice Chairman, North East.

Mr Jonathan and some PDP governors had in previous meetings agreed to adopt Mr Tukur as the candidate for the position of party Chairman. It however appears like the North East governors have renege in that agreement.

Sources within the party said that the governors are alleging that the process was hijacked by the Bauchi state governor, Isa Yuguda, who is believed to have a deep dislike for Mr Tukur.

Bamanga Tukur, a former presidential candidate who is in his 70s, had received the backing of top PDP bigwigs like Chief Tony Anenih and most governors of the Niger Delta States including President Jonathan’s home state Bayelsa.

The national convention of the party will hold on Saturday, 24 March.