From CHRIS ANUCHA, Asaba
The speculation that the current crisis, rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is because the governors are working against the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has been dispelled by the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan. The governor does not even agree with those who say there is division in the largest party in Africa. As far as he is concerned, the perceived war in the party is the handiwork of those he described as idle Abuja politicians.
The governor, who spoke to journalists in Asaba yesterday, argued that the PDP governors, who were instrumental to the emergence of Tukur as party chairman, could not have been working against him. Uduaghan said: “There is no war in PDP, I say that with all sense of responsibility. At least, as governor of a PDP state, as a leader of the party in the state, that also makes me a leader of the party at the national level. “I want to say this with all emphasis and seriousness. There is no war between the governors and the national leader of the party.
There has never been anytime the governors came together privately or publicly to discuss the issue of fighting the Chairman of the party.” He continued: “We contributed very significantly to making him the Chairman of the party…Yes, there are challenges in the party and they are challenges you encounter in a big party like PDP. There has been no time that the governors contemplated moving against the national chairman.
He is an elder statesman; we have a lot of respect for him. The war in PDP is imagined rather than real. And I think whatever is being pushed to the media is being done by certain persons in Abuja. They are Abuja politicians, who are not doing much in terms of being engaged, they just cook up things and push to the public.”
However, the governor said the problem in PDP recently was caused by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, which, according to him, issued two conflicting statements on the sack of the Kugama-led Executive Council of the PDP in Adamawa State. He explained that the NWC had issued a statement, announcing the sack of the PDP Exco in Adamawa and later came up with another statement, the re-instating the sacked Exco. According to Uduaghan it was because of the last statement of the NWC of PDP in Adamawa that the governors intervened, adding that it was not targeted at Tukur.