PDP Suspends Former National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

Bamanga_Tukur_NewThe Peoples Democratic Party has suspended its former chairman, Bamanga Tukur for instituting a suit against the current chairman, Adamu Mu’azu without first exhausting internal redress avenues.

Late September, Mr Bamanga Tukur, at the Federal High Court Abuja filed a claim arguing that he was forced to resign his post as the national chairman of the party in order for the seven defected governors to come back to the party.

On the 31st of August 2013, while the PDP Special National Convention was going on, the unexpected happened, after the speech by President Goodluck Jonathan with five of the PDP governors, Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto states, stormed out of Eagle Square, venue of the party’s convention in Abuja, to form a faction of the party.

Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States, who were barred from attending the convention, also joined the other governors to form a factional PDP.

Some of them later decamped from PDP to the APC.

In his suit, Tukur further stated that the NEC of the party has no power to appoint the national chairman, adding that the votes and proceedings of NEC held at Wadata House on January 15 and 20 which deliberated on his resignation as national chairman and appointment of Mu’azu as chairman are a nullity.

Find below a statement issued by the Party’s National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon

The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) at its 395th meeting held yesterday, December 3, 2014 reviewed recent national developments as they affect the party.

Among others, the NWC deliberated on the court case instituted against the National Chairman of the Party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu by the former National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur.

The NWC reasoned that for instituting a claim and counter claim in suit FHC/ABJ /821/2014; Gurin vs PDP & 3 others without first exploring and exhausting the party’s internal mechanism of redress and for attempting to stop the forthcoming National Convention to nominate the party’s presidential candidate as well as regularize the position of the National Chairman and other members of the National Working Committee is unacceptable.

The NWC hereby suspends Dr. Bamanga Tukur and Aliyu Abuba Gurin for one month and refers them to the National Disciplinary Committee for infringing on section 58(1)(a)( b)( h)( l) of the PDP Constitution 2012(as amended).

Court Reserves Ruling On Case To Re-Instate Tukur As PDP Chairman

Bamanga_Tukur_NewThe Federal High Court Abuja has reserved judgment in a suit filed by an aspirant to the House of Representatives from Adamawa State, ‎Aliyu Abuba-Gurin seeking to unseat that National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Adamu Mu’azu and also cancel the planed delegates convention of the party.

At the resumed hearing of the suit , counsel to the plaintiff, Rotimi Oguneso, argued that the resignation of the immediate past chairman of the party, Mr Bamanga Tukur, did not comply with the provision of Section 47 (5) of the Constitution of the party which stipulates that a 30 days notice be given to the National Executive Committee (NEC) before the resignation of the national chairman of the  party

He further argued that the appointment of Mr Adamu Mu’azu as the new chairman did not follow the laid down provisions of the party constitution as such the court should set aside his appointment.

The second plaintiff, Mr Bamanga Tukur, who filed a counter claim argued that he was forced to resign his post as the national chairman of the party in order for the seven defected governors to come back to the party.

Tukur further stated that the NEC of the party has no power to appoint the national chairman, adding that the votes and proceedings of NEC held at Wadata House on January 15 and 20 which deliberated on his resignation as national chairman and appointment of Mu’azu as chairman are a nullity.

‎Opposing the application, counsel to PDP and Mu’azu, Mr Solomon Umor, asked the court to dismiss the suit on ground that the plaintiff lacks the right to institute such suit and that the counter claim filed by Bamanga Tukur is strange in law and cannot be accepted by court.

Tukur Warns Against Truncating Nigeria’s Hard Earned Democracy

Bamanga_Tukur_NewNigeria’s Ambassador-At-Large, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has advised politicians, security operatives, government officials and Nigerians to be wary of conducts capable of subverting Nigeria’s hard earned democracy.

Reacting, in a statement, to the face off between the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Nigeria Police Force, the immediate past national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) urged the two parties to be mindful of national interest as they attempt to address their differences.

He said doing so at this critical phase of the Nigeria’s history will assist in preventing the perceived drifting of Nigeria towards the edge of a cliffhanger.

Alhaji Tukur expressed fear at the manner Nigeria is being gradually pushed to a state of chaos amid the crass display of lack of depth, wisdom and the national interest required of public office holders in managing situations in the country.

He appealed to security operatives to always dispense their assignments with wisdom and sound caution, mindful of the possible reverberating effects, which he said, their omission on their duties can generate.

Politician Files Fresh Suit Seeking Removal Of Mu’azu As PDP Chair

muazu_pdpTwo days after two separate suits challenging the emergence of Mr Adamu Muazu as the National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were withdrawn at a Federal High Court in Abuja, a member of the party, Aliyu Garba Gubrin, has filed a fresh suit at the court seeking the removal of Mr Mu’azu as the chairman of the party.

Gubrin, through his lawyer, Lilian Ojimma is contending that Mu’azu cannot preside over the affairs of the party because his emergence as the chairman of the party did not follow due process.

The waves of litigation against the PDP chairman are coming as the party prepares for its National Convention billed for December 6, where President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to emerge as the Presidential candidate of the party.

Named as defendants in the suit are Mr Muazu, former chairman of the party, Mr Bamanga Tukur and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Gubrin is asking the court to determine whether the resignation of Tukur on january 15, 2014 duly complies with Section 47 (5) of the Constitution of the party.

He is also asking the court for an order setting aside the resignation of Mr Tukur as the chairman of the PDP and an order stopping INEC from recognizing Mr Mu’azu as the party chairman .

Last week, two members of the party, Ezinoye Louis Ndubuisi and Emmanuel Onu filed a suit asking the court to sack the PDP National chairman on similar grounds, they however withdrew the suit “in the interest of the party”, they said.

PDP Leadership Denies Claims Of Discord With Obasanjo Untrue

obasanjoThe National Secretary of Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Wale Oladipupo, has denied claims that there is a lingering crisis between a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and national officers of the party.

After a meeting of the party officials in Ijebu Igbo in Ogun State on Saturday, Professor Oladipupo told reporters that the former President remained a strong pillar of support to the party.

The meeting was attended by the state officials of the party and party supporters from the 20 local government areas of the state, where Obasanjo is from.

Reacting to the recent defection of the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel from the PDP to Labour Party, the National Secretary said the action could only be temporary as he asked him to retrace his steps back into the umbrella party

“Baba Obasanjo is our father and an institution within the party. I am sure that God has used him to do a lot of things for Nigeria. God used the PDP to position him to do good things,” he said.

On January 7, 2014, President Obasanjo wrote to the leadership of the PDP then, Bamanga Tukur, stating his intention to withdraw from party activities.

In the letter, Obasanjo said although he was still a card carrying member of the party, he would withdraw his activities with PDP at local, state, zonal and national level due to the imposition of Buruju Kashamu as South-West Zonal Party Leader.

He stressed that he would only rescind his decision at the removal of Buruju Kashamu from the position of the party leader in the South-west, describing him as wanted habitual criminal.

Since that time, there have been rumours that the former President was having issues with the leadership of the ruling party, a notion that the PDP sought to change.


Muazu Has The Chance To Reconcile Warring PDP Members- Former Minister

A former Minister of Works, Mr Adeseye Ogunlewe, on Sunday said the new chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Adamu Muazu, has the chance to reconcile the warring factions that exist within the party.

He said: “It is about you listening; it is about you being amiable and being reconciliatory,” urging the new chairman “to let people to talk to him” in order to be able to harmonise them. “You don’t need to fight them”.

He further warned that “when you (Muazu) fight within the party and you take sides, then there will be a counter force against you.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s flagship political programme, Politics Today, the former Senator from Lagos, noted that “happily, the PDP was able to ask Bamanga Tukur, who was a controversial person at that time, to step aside” adding that “it has brought a little bit of relief of the tension within the party”.

He urged the new chairman and former governor of Bauchi state to “go round each state, ask questions on what is happening and what we need to do, to at least salvage the already bad situation” insisting that “he is capable of doing so”.

He however noted that in “any big political party, there will be rancour; there will be partition because of ambition”, noting that “it is not unusual at all”.

Mr Ogunlewe also berated the “controversial personality” of the former chairman, Mr Bamanga Tukur, blaming “people surrounding him (Tukur)” for his woes in the party.

He also noted that the PDP needëd someone “who should be flexible; who should listen to people and try to bring them together.”  He pointed out that “everyone seems to be in a hurry because politics seems to be the most lucrative profession. That is where the money is”.

Mr Ogunlewe remained adamant over the gains of the PDP recently, noting that the action of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to allow defecting governors take over the structure of the party from its founding members in their respective states, has augured well for the PDP.

Tukur Urges Youths To Support PDP

Former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur today (Monday)insisted that the party remains the best party for Nigerians in the coming elections.

He said this in Abuja while meeting with a youth group, the National Consolidation Group.

The PDP chieftain dismissed the challenge posed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and appealed to PDP members who defected from the party to return noting that the party is “intact and united as ever”.

He encouraged members to remain in the party and labelled the APC as a party that lures members with cash incentives, urging those who left “PDP shores” to “come back, join the fold and continue working for your nation and people”.

Jonathan Appoints Tukur As Chairman Of Nigerian Railway Corporation

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has appointed the past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur, as the Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).

Mr Tukur had resigned his position as PDP National Chairman on January 16, with President Jonathan promising to reward him with another position.

“He is not guilty of any offence and I am going to give him an assignment that is tougher than PDP chairman,” President Jonathan said at the party’s NEC meeting after Turkur resigned.

Mr. Tukur’s appointment as the NRC’s chairman was announced in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Sam Nwaobasi.

A former member of the PDP that defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kawu Baraje, who held the position before, resigned after he declared intentions of joining the APC.

‘Near Comatose’

The law establishing the Nigeria Railway Corporation saddles it with the responsibility of facilitating effective “carriage of passengers and goods in a manner that will offer full value for money; meet cost of operation; improve market share and quality of services; ensure safety of operations and maximum efficiency; meet social responsibility in a manner that will meet the requirements of rail users, trade, commerce, industry and general public”.

Nigeria’s rail system has been described as ‘near comatose’ before the current government, in its transformation agenda, began a revitalisation of the sector with several rail lines rehabilitated between 2012 and 2013.

The tough task before Mr Tukur is huge, as some Nigerian States are yet to feel the impact of the rail rehabilitation.

The rail system in Nigeria used to be a reliable means of moving agricultural produce in the 70s from one part of the country to another but previous governments have failed to maintain and improve on the infrastructure, leading to the near collapse of the system.



Former Bauchi Govenor, Mu’azu Replaces Tukur As PDP Chairman

A  former Governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mu’azu, has been unveiled as the new Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, replacing former Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, who resigned from the position on Wednesday.

Mu’azu was picked as a consensus candidate at a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the governors of the party. The meeting which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night ended at 1:22 am on Monday morning.

Mu’azu was chosen above Mohammed Wakil, a former House of Representatives Leader who had undergone screening by the security agents for a ministerial position.

The former Bauchi State Governor, who was born on June 11, 1955 was governor from May 29,  1999 to  May 29, 2007. He was sworn in as the Chairman of the National Pensions Commission by President Jonathan, last week.

There were two separate meetings before the main meeting in which Mu’azu emerged Chairman. One was a meeting of the North-East Governors who met at the Bauchi State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

The  Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswill Akpabio, and Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake  Dickson were said to have attended the meeting as well.

President Jonathan was also said to have had a private meeting with Seriake over who would emerge as the new chairman of the PDP.


Tukur Denied His Resignation To Protect President, PDP – Shelle

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Tunji Shelle has explained reasons why the former National Chairman of the ruling party, Bamanga Tukur, had denied his impending resignation on different occasions despite the high-powered meetings which took place to determine the party’s fate, in the light of its dwindling membership.

“He said it because of his personal convictions that he was doing the right thing. He was protecting PDP. He was protecting Mr President,” Shelle said.

Mr Tukur, who assumed the position in March 2012, vacated the office on Thursday as announced by President Goodluck Jonathan. However, the resignation which Mr Shelle said was not forced but took time to be concretised.

“It took a lot of time. It took a lot of calculations. It took a lot of wisdom. It took a lot of meetings from the caucus level to the BoT level and then before they brought it to the NEC level,” Shelle explained.

He further described the former chairman as a ‘good man’ who had strong convictions in his beliefs but concerning all the issues which led to his resignation, “age was not on his side.”

Mr Shelle who was present at the NEC meeting, where the decision was reached, told Channels Television while speaking on Sunrise Daily that the decision of the PDP leadership was an agreed one.

He added that the former Chairman was not forced into resigning as there were several consultations and meetings at different levels of the organisation. State Chairmen of the Party had also stated that the Chairman should step down in the interest of the party

“When your soldiers are no longer behind you, definitely you would know that the time is up.”

He added that “I wouldn’t blame him. He had a personal conviction that he was doing the right thing but we thought otherwise because we were losing members.”

“Alhaji Bamanga Turkur is a good man. He has enormous wisdom, He has dexterity. He has seen it all..

“He felt certain people were digging deep to cause mayhem in the party so he maintained his personal belief… but later all of us realized that his approach was not healthy.”

Shelle also addressed former members of the party who joined the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC), to return as the APC does not present them the best ‘environment.’ According to the politician, it is likely that the decampees would return “because the opposition party is not the best environment for them.”

“The best option for them now is to retrace their steps,” he stated, adding that “APC has not redefined itself and has not given enough reasons for people to join them.”

On the alleged battle of wills between the former Chairman and the Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, who was among the five governors that decamped to the APC, Mr Shelle said “they have one grouse or the other with each other.”

“When we newly came in, the first problem we had was that the EXCO of Adamawa was not properly constituted” and “the Chairman took a unilateral decision without carrying the National Working Committee along.”

He expressed belief that the PDP would be stronger than it was. “We have learnt our lessons of redefining our goals, working together as a team and focusing on the development of the nation,” he noted.

Tukur’s Resignation: Lagos PDP Applauds Leaders

The Lagos State PDP has stated its confidence and belief in the ability of its leaders nationwide to chart a favourable path for the Party.

This is in reaction to the resignation of its National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur; a development that has been ratified by the party’s National Executive Committee.

A statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Lagos State, Mr. Taofik Gani, read: “We have absolute confidence and belief in the capability of our leaders to forge ahead under any circumstances.

“The decision to ease out Dr Bamanga Tukur must have been well considered by these wise men. We hope and expect to see an immediate manifestation of the benefits of this change in the coming days.”

The Party admonished all leaders to use their opportunities as servants to make positive marks in the sands of time, noting that power is transcendental and can be short too.

“For us in Lagos PDP, we are set to work with whoever takes the mantle of leadership. Our newly found unstoppable movement to Government House in 2015 is our own concern.”

Tukur Steps Down As PDP Chairman

At long last, the embattled Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur got the boot today (Thursday) as he reportedly stepped down from his position.

The announcement was made by President Goodluck Jonathan, at the PDP National Executive Council meeting. He said that Mr Tukur’s decision was based on mutual agreement. He also made it clear that the former Chairman was not found guilty of any offence.

However, the extent of the storm that has hit Tukur’s office has been seen to have left the party in a rather devastated state.

When he emerged at the party’s March 2012 convention to take over from Abubakar Baraje, who acted in that capacity for about four years, many believed he was tipped to satisfy some interests.

Mr Tukur, who was the Governor of the defunct Gongola State, has seen some of the biggest crises ever witnessed by the PDP. It was under him that most of the National Working Committee positions were declared void by the Independent National Electoral Committee, INEC, which led to the National Convention in October 2013. It was at the event that the group of seven aggrieved governors of the party staged a walk out.

That again may be the first time such powerful delegation would openly walk out on a convention with a seating president in attendance. The walk out of the aggrieved governors also saw the emergence of a faction of the party, which was widely referred to as the new PDP.

That crisis appears to be primarily the root of the troubled times that characterised the exit of Bamanga Tukur.

Five of the seven aggrieved governors of the PDP have since moved to the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, APC, followed by 37 lawmakers, dealing the ruling party a big blow as more influential members of the party also threatened to defect.

Critics of Bamanga Tukur’s leadership style of leadership have accused him of tearing the party apart.

When Tukur assumed the chairmanship position, there were 23 governors. As he steps down, the party is left with 18 governors. Two of those 18 governors who are left in the party had threatened to leave too.

In the National Assembly, when Tukur took charge of the PDP, there were 208 members of the PDP but 37 have defected, and the opposition has since taken the majority.

It is the first time the PDP, in its 14 years of existence, would lose the majority number in any arm of the National Assembly.

For the Senate, the underground current seems not to be a positive one too.

Moving Forward

The next chairman of the party faces the task of pulling the party together and convincing those who had left to return to the fold. A view a former Attorney-General of the Federation, Richard Akinjide, also holds very strongly.

Bamanga Tukur’s successor would be expected to make sure the party stands strong in the face of an impending bashing from the fast-rising opposition party, the APC.

Also, a new successor must make sure the party is well prepared for the all-important 2015 elections with the image of the party and its structure re-aligned for the task.

From history, only a few PDP chairmen have enjoyed a smooth run of their tenure.

From the very first Chairman, Solomon Lar, to Barnanbas Gemade and then Audu Ogbeh who took over from him in 2001, and Ahmadu Ali, who became the chairman and spent about four years, the rest have stayed few weeks, others few months, while Bamanga Tukur lasted for just about a year and nine months.

The choice of the new chairman is another big task for the party, considering the power and influence embedded in the position. Another candidate would perhaps emerge from the North East zone. What is yet to be seen is how the next chairman would fare in the face of daunting challenges.

A new Chairman is to be presented to the National Executive Committee, which is to reconvene on Monday, January 20, for their approval.