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From GODWIN TSA, Abuja
Elder statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, has said the plot to remove Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, is an attempt against President Goodluck Jonathan.
Clark assured that no amount of intimidation, manipulation or suppression from anybody or zone can stop the President from contesting the 2015 presidential elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the octogenarian noted that the recent crisis in the camp of the PDP culminating into calls for Tukur’s removal is targeted at frustrating President Jonathan’s second term ambition.
His position is in tandem with that of a political group, Congress for Good Governance (CGG), which accused some governors of plotting to replace the PDP Chairman with a surrogate who would frustrate the President’s second term.
The National President of the group, Dr. Princewell Utoma Ewubere, said “some ambitious governors are holding clandestine meetings with the aim of removing the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr, Bamanga Tukur at all cost so as to replace him with a surrogate who would stop president Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential elections.”
The statement alleged that the said meeting took place at a highbrow hotel in Abuja, before the grand finale of the PDP peace and reconciliation tours, adding “ topmost on the agenda was the issue of controlling the party machinery, a move which four governors present at the meeting described as a major challenge towards upsetting the President.
“A prominent leader of the group and a South-South governor, who has not hidden his disdain for the President, has put spanners in the works to ensure Tukur’s removal to pave way for his surrogate to take charge of affairs at the Wadata Plaza of the party.
Justifying why Jonathan’s candidature for 2015 cannot be negotiated, Clark said: “I wonder what makes the issue of President Jonathan contesting the 2015 Presidency a mere speculation, according to you. The 1999 Constitution provides for two tenures of four years each after two democratically-conducted elections.
“The practice in democratic presidential system of government is that an incumbent president remains the sole candidate of a political party at the party’s convention, if he or she is willing to contest for a second term in office, the Ijaw national leader said.