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Gambo Lawan tipped to replace Tukur

• As Baraje’s group sticks to guns on PDP chair’s sack

By VIVIAN ONYEBUKWAAs President Goodluck Jonathan and elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) prepare to meet governors, who held a parallel convention at the weekend, it has been gathered that a party leader during the regime of the late General Sani Abacha, may take over the leadership of the ruling party in an acting capacity.Following the crisis, which engulfed the PDP since Saturday, when seven governors and former vice president Atiku Abubakar led other aggrieved members to hold a meeting, where they appointed a chairman for their faction, PDP elders had set up a meeting, as one of the last- ditch effort to resolve the impasse.

The governors, made up of Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), had rejected goings-on in the PDP, especially the way the party’s special national convention was conducted and therefore, announced a PDP faction.

Daily Sun gathered that following the governors’ request that the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, should relinquish his position, among other demands, Alhaji Gambo Lawan, chairman of the Grassroots Democratic Party (GDP) during the Abacha administration, has been tipped to become the acting chairman of the party.

Sources revealed that the aggrieved governors, who enjoy the secret support of three former heads of state, would nominate Lawan in the meeting with party elders and if this gets the blessing of all, the former party chairman would oversee the affairs of the PDP, pending when another national convention would be organised for the selection of a substantive national chairman.

Daily Sun gathered that Gambo, from Borno State, who bidded for the PDP chair during the exercise that brought Tukur to office, is not privy to the plan for him to emerge as acting national chairman of the party, but those pushing for his nomination said he’s capable of restoring confidence in the party.

Sources however, revealed that for Gambo to be appointed acting national chairman, Tukur would be asked to resign his position, just as Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo did in 2011 when he was embroiled in court case in his home state, Enugu.

It was gathered that Tukur’s resignation would be hinged on the court case instituted by the Abdullahi Kawu Baraje faction of the PDP, which demanded that he should be compelled to stop parading himself as national chairman of the party.

Daily Sun learnt that if the court grants the prayer of the Baraje faction, as it resumes sitting on September 9 and grants an injunction restraining Tukur from parading himself as chairman, he would be compelled by PDP elders to resign, the same way Nwodo was asked to go when an Enugu High Court made an order against him.

Baraje, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Dr. Sam Sam Jaja had filed a suit at the Lagos High Court, on behalf of their faction of the PDP, asking that Tukur, Prince Uche Secondus, Mrs. Kemo Chikwe, Chief Olisa Metuh and others should stop parading themselves as members of the National Working Committee of the PDP.

The judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari, had, while ordering that the status quo should remain in the party, adjourned the case to September 9.

Meanwhile, PDP stakeholders in Niger State have thrown their weight behind the decision of seven governors and some leaders of the PDP to have a faction in the party.

They also praised Governor Aliyu for joining other governors and party members to announce a faction of the PDP.

The stakeholders, who met in Minna yesterday, were made up of all members of the House of Representatives from the state, members of the state House of Assembly, commissioners and members of the state working committee of the PDP.

Moving a motion to back the decision of the seven governors, a former member of the House of Assembly, Alhaji Yakubu Esheti, said:  “I move that we are solidly behind the chief servant, in view of the prevailing situation we are facing.”




The motion was seconded by the political head of the party in Chanchaga Local Government Area of the state and Commissioner for Water Resources, Hajia Hadiza Abdullahi, after which the stakeholders adopted it.

At the meeting Governor Aliyu and the state PDP chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahaman Enagi, took turns to explain to the stakeholders what led to the Saturday incident.

Governor Aliyu said the rival PDP members had not pulled out of the party, as negotiations are on to resolve the impasse.

Aliyu said: “Negotiations are on. We should rise against intimidation of people; we are still in PDP. What happened is part of politics and negotiations; if the person you are negotiating with says no you should allow time to heal any wound.”

He praised the delegates of the state for remaining steadfast with the leadership, while promising that as events unfold the stakeholders would be briefed accordingly.

“We have met with the President. Our elders have intervened. We will call you and tell us what line we have to take in future,” he stated.

Chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Enagi, in his remarks, told the stakeholders: “We are still in PDP. We are negotiating with the leadership.”

Speaking to newsmen after the stakeholders meeting, Governor Aliyu said the group of seven governors had superior argument to the position taken by the mainstream PDP and therefore should be listed to.

He blamed some appointees President Jonathan for escalating the crisis through their utterances, stating: “It is not impossible to remove the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as some presidency officials would want the public to believe.”

The governor said that a meeting among the governors and PDP elders, earlier scheduled for yesterday could not hold because of the intervention of some elders of the party in the dispute.

He named some of the elders, who intervened in the crisis as former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Solomon Lar, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-Vice President Alex Ekwueme.


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  1. Ejike, New York September 4, 2013 at 4:27 am


  2. Ify September 4, 2013 at 5:42 am

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  3. Gabs Khuma September 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    When a lion choose to behave like pussy cat b4 dogs, then every other scallywags in the jungle is emboldened to dance owambe, pull at it’s whiskers and engage in other insolent behaviors in the presence of such stupid lion. Unfortunately, this is the present status of GEJ within the Nigerian political jungle of today. I think his advisers need to change tactics, at least for the sake of their survival and that of their principal b4 it is too late.

  4. tina September 4, 2013 at 10:02 am

    The rebellion and Obj who plan the new pdp will definately fail,that is the bottom.line.

  5. efo September 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Bamanga Tukur should beware of banana peels.They abound everywhere in PDP and very dangerous.

  6. bayulona September 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    This is shear rascality……..I don’t blame them I blame a President who consult to much with govs….as if they are equals…….I blame a president who is not decisive and firm

    Jonathan brought this on himself…..the moment he did not show toughness and firmness….he allowed govs……grow wing under him…….well I hope he would learn one or two things from this episode………

    He should forget about 2015…..and deal decisively with….. all of them………are they as tough as the former generals OBJ dealt with??????? See Danjuma and Atiku…..

    Anyim said something in regards to Jonathan not wanting to wield the power of his office… he has seen what dilly-dally can cause

    He should forget about 2015….and give them the OBJ treatment and see if they would not come to their senses…….govs working out on the president…in their party convention…is the high of indignation to the office and person of the president……….

  7. Ema eke September 4, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    @ Ejike New York , if your really in town buzz me for the next Igbo youth conference ,cos we are in park hill ,Yonkers NY . [email protected]. I loved Jonathan till his wife stated dragging an N.G.O piece of land with late yaradua’s wife and not including Igbos in the amnesty program, though T A Orji is dumb and ignorant of some facts , like that we all lows his only performing on media not in abia.apart from 1 diagnosis center. Thank u

  8. Ema eke September 4, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    @ Ejike New York , if your really in town buzz me for the next Igbo youth conference ,cos we are in park hill ,Yonkers NY . [email protected]. I loved Jonathan till his wife started dragging an N.G.O piece of land with late yaradua’s wife in central Area Abuja and not including Igbos in the amnesty program, though T A Orji is dumb and ignorant of some facts , like that we all lows his only performing on media not in abia.apart from 1 diagnosis center. Thank u

    • Ejike, New York. September 4, 2013 at 6:01 pm


  9. Boney London September 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    All these crises and fracas going on is a testament of how the country is ruled. Nothing is going on except personal agenda. Nigeria as a country should no longer be in existence, because it is a total waste.

  10. Ejike, New York. September 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Now you are talking Boney London.

    • Ngozi September 4, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks for not writing in caps this time around. It was easier for me to read.

      • Ejike, New York. September 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

        Ngozi, really ? ok. I will vhange from caps to small just for your sake. God Bless You.

  11. Boney London September 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I have always been an Independent. I call it like I see it. I do not tow along party line.

  12. Nnanna September 4, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Gej must be a fool to sacrifice Tukur. To hell with the seven governors. Go, kwankwaso go. Leave PDP. 7 govs cannot impeach a chairman supported by 16 govs.

  13. borne September 5, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Folk, behold the grievance against PDP by the 5 renegade presidential wannabes led by Rabid Kwasoka as reported by Tribune. 9/3/13 I said it Rabid Kwasoko is a green snake in a green grass.

    The Meeting, please read

    “Stalemate as PDP govs disagree at parley

    There was a sharp division among governors of PDP at the peace meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday night.
    The meeting, which lasted till early hours of Monday, however, resolved to continue today.
    A source, however, said much of the submissions by the G7 governors bothered on flimsy excuses, adding that if the president should follow that path, he would have nothing to show Nigerians in 2015.
    “It appears the aggrieved governors want the president to fail, so they can easily take his job in 2015,” a source said.
    Sources close to the meeting, however, told the Nigerian Tribune that a sharp division ensued among governors at the meeting, following the declaration by the Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwakwanso, who spoke on behalf of the G7 governors that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had become a thorn in the flesh of state governors, calling on the president to order the commission to stop probing of governors.
    Besides Kwakwanso, Kwara State governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, also asked the president to put a stop to activities of the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
    Kwakwanso, the first to speak among the aggrieved governors who, on Saturday, teamed up with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to form the New PDP, said they were angry over four issues.
    He said they were being stalked by the EFCC, while the commission was also harassing the son of the governor of Jigawa State, also one of the G7 governors.
    He said as PDP governors, they should be protected from EFCC harassment, adding that members of the ruling party should not be so exposed to EFCC probe.
    Kwara State governor also told the meeting that he had been facing EFCC probe since he served in the cabinet of Senator Bukola Saraki, adding that there was an atmosphere of fear in the state over activities of the anti-graft agency.
    He said as a PDP governor, the government should not only protect him, but also protect his predecessor, who was being investigated by the EFCC.
    The claims by the two governors, however, elicited reactions from Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Gabriel Suswam of Benue.
    The trio opposed the request that President Jonathan should put a stop to EFCC activities.
    Jang was said to have insisted that EFCC should continue with its job, adding that he was also a victim of the probe by the commission for the first three years of his first term.
    He said the fact that the commission was a federal agency did not mean the president should take control of its activities.
    Suswam also told the meeting that his government had been severally investigated and that he never attributed the situation to the president.
    Akpabio, according to a source, said that the governors should strive to keep clean books, since nobody would be in office for life.
    Sources said Kwakwanso, who presented a four-point grouse, also mentioned the issue of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) election, the Adamawa PDP crisis and the Rivers situation as some of the grouse of the aggrieved governors.
    He was also quoted as saying that the president should find solution to the crisis rocking Adamawa PDP, as delegates loyal to the governor were stopped from attending the mini convention on Saturday.
    Kwankwaso also stressed the need for PDP to discuss party structures, with the president ensuring inclusive government.
    According to him, the list of those who were appointed into positions and boards of parastatal agencies in his state, for example, did not emanate from him, adding that those people had been giving him a lot of problems.
    “We don’t want to leave PDP, but we want to ensure the right things are done. We need a united NGF and we want the president to intervene and help sort out the crisis,” he was quoted to have said.
    The governors, however, insisted that besides the listed grievances, they did not intend to leave the party, adding that their action on Saturday [8/31/13] was aimed at driving home their grievances.
    A governor at the meeting further confirmed that Jang was angry at the mention of the NGF crisis and that when he was given the floor, he accused his colleague governors of playing a deceitful game.
    He told the president that he was drafted into the NGF election by his colleagues who adopted him as a consensus candidate, adding that he was shocked to discover that the same people who drafted him later said they were deceiving him.
    He also said the action of the breakaway governors on Saturday was premeditated, adding that they had planned to hold a parallel convention long ago.
    According to him, the governors could not just wake up and get the venue decorated within few minutes of their leaving Eagle Square.
    He insisted that political leaders must do away with politics of deceit if the PDP must get to the roots of the problem.
    A source said President Jonathan, who rounded off the discussions, said the problems enumerated were all human problems, promising that all of the issues would be resolved.
    According to a reliable source, the president declared that those within his powers would be resolved by him, while he would readily refer issues of the party to the party leadership for appropriate action.”

  14. Stine Chykee September 6, 2013 at 12:02 am

    This childish and cowardice behaviour of our president is beginning to get on my nerves.I am beginning to hate this our president because his attitude in trying to please those seven PDP governors to the detriment of the rest of the PDP governors and of course Bamanga Turkur is making me run mad!

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