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Bamanga Tukur’s Tenure As PDP Chair Laid To Rest: Barred From Attending PDP’s Caucus Meeting At The Presidential Villa.


 

Bamanga Tukur earlier today

PDP leaders arriving for an NWC meeting at the Aso Rock Villa

PDP meeting without Tukur
By SaharaReporters, New York

The drama surrounding the fate of the chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur has come to an end. Saharareporters can confirm that the embattled party chief has not only resigned but is being prevented from attending the National Working Committee meeting of the party currently going on inside the Aso Rock presidential villa in Abuja.

Our source at the meeting said that the announcement of Tukur’s resignation will be made tomorrow after the meeting of the Executive Council meeting.

Only two days ago, Mr. Tukur was daring President Goodluck Jonathan to sack him if he could. He claimed that he was elected by a constituted convention of the party, and only another convention could sack him.

The ruling party under Mr. Tukur has been going through internal strife that led to a massive decamping of party members to the opposition All Progressive Congress, APC.

Sack Me If You Can, PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur Dares President Jonathan.


 

PDP Chair, Bamanga Tukur
By SaharaReporters, New York

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to remove him from office if he can.

Tukur’s outburst followed the refusal of members of the party’s National Working Committee to attend a meeting he called at the party’s secretariat in Abuja last Wednesday.

The Adamawa State born politician, who is growing isolated at the top levels of the party where he is being held responsible for its dwindling influence and the defection of members, was infuriated by the attitude of his fellow national officers.  He told reporters that he can only be removed from office through a properly conducted National Convention and that unless and until that takes place, nobody, including President Jonathan can remove him.

The National Chairman also dismissed the allegation that he has been asked to resign by the President, and accused the opposition of planting the story to create disharmony in the party.

“I am an elected National Chairman, I have my certificate of return, I cannot resign,” he bragged.  “The convention brought me, so it has to take the convention that brought me for me to resign. So, not even the President can ask me to resign. Remember, some members of the NWC were asked to go recently because the election that brought them was flawed, so Mr. President cannot tread that route again.”

Sack Me If You Can, PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur Dares President Jonathan.


 

Alhaji-Bamanga-Tukur

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to remove him from office if he can.

Tukur’s outburst followed the refusal of members of the party’s National Working Committee to attend a meeting he called at the party’s secretariat in Abuja last Wednesday.

The Adamawa State born politician, who is growing isolated at the top levels of the party where he is being held responsible for its dwindling influence and the defection of members, was infuriated by the attitude of his fellow national officers. He told reporters that he can only be removed from office through a properly conducted National Convention and that unless and until that takes place, nobody, including President Jonathan can remove him.

 

The National Chairman also dismissed the allegation that he has been asked to resign by the President, and accused the opposition of planting the story to create disharmony in the party.

“I am an elected National Chairman, I have my certificate of return, I cannot resign,” he bragged. “The convention brought me, so it has to take the convention that brought me for me to resign. So, not even the President can ask me to resign. Remember, some members of the NWC were asked to go recently because the election that brought them was flawed, so Mr. President cannot tread that route again.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

PDP To Fire Chairman Tukur And NWC Members.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

On a day in which he ate his words and recalled a governor he suspended only days ago, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Bamanga Tukur may learn he is himself to be consumed by the rampaging beast.

A source told SaharaRreporters that a high-powered committee, led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Anyim Pius Anyim, set up to look into the crisis in the party, has recommended that Alhaji Tukur and all National Working Committee (NWC) members should resign their positions on Thursday.

The NWC consists of Tukur, spokesman Olisa Metuh, others handpicked by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Anyim committee comprises of Special Adviser on Political Matters to the President, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, Governor of Akwa Ibom State Goodwill Akpabio, Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema , Benue State Governor, Abia State Governor Theodore Ahamefule Orji and  other Jonathan loyalists.

Earlier today, Mr. Tukur announced a meeting of the NWC for that day.

SaharaReporters learned that the Anyim committee met for six hours at the Legacy House headquarters of the party and resolved that members of the NWC, including Mr. Tukur, should resign in order to save face, having reached the conclusion that Tukur has run the PDP into the ground.

As of the time of this report all the members have moved to the Aso Rock villa to meet with President Jonathan to determine whether their removals will be finalized.

The source also said that Chairman Tukur might be replaced with former governor of Bauchi state, Alhaji Muazu, or Shehu Babayo, a politician also from Bauchi State.

We Suspended Wamakko Because He Did Not Take Tukur’s Calls – PDP.


 

Olisa Metuh
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it decided to suspend Governor Aliyu Wamakko because he refused to pick calls made to him by the party’s national chairman, Bamanga Tukur.

 

In a statement released in Abuja today, PDP spokesman Olisa Metuh sought to explain why the governor was suspended.

He stated that Mr. Tukur had called to ask the governor to explain his recent comments, but that the national chairman was unable to get across to Mr. Wamakko.

Mr. Metuh also said the governor refused to respond to a query sent to him, but instead asked Bello Sokoto, the party’s then secretary for the state to reply on his behalf.

Mr. Metuh argued that Mr. Bello Sokoto was too junior in party ranking to have responded to Mr. Tukur.

In addition, Mr. Metuh stated that it was improper for Mr. Bello Sokoto to have used the official letter head of the state government in his reply.

Metuh’s full statement:

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wishes to set the records straight on the reasons for the suspension of the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko as a member of the PDP.

The decision to suspend His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko came after very wide and exhaustive consultations, in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the PDP and in the overriding interest of the Party.

It is important to note that the reason for the suspension of Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko predates the Nigeria Governors’ Forum’s election.

Sometime in early April, the leadership of the Party was concerned with the statements and conduct of the Governor whereupon the National Chairman placed several calls to draw the attention of the Governor to the matters concerned.

However, it was not possible for the National Chairman to speak with the Governor despite several attempts. The National Chairman thereafter vide a letter dated 12th April, 2013 requested an explanation to the NWC within seven days.

Instead of replying the National Chairman, Governor Wamakko directed the Sokoto State Secretary of the Party, Mallam Aminu Bello Sokoto to reply the National Chairman. The State party Secretary in a letter dated April 14, 2013 and on the official letterhead of the Sokoto State Government House, replied the National Chairman on behalf of the governor.

This amounted to gross disrespect and act of insubordination to a National Officer and a lawful organ of the party which is in violation of Articles 58.1 (c ), (h) and (m) of the PDP constitution which prescribed sanctions for any member who (c ) “disobeys or neglect to carry out lawful directives of the party or any organ or officer of the party”, (h) “engages in any conduct likely to cause disaffection among members of the Party or is likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of the business of the Party” and (m) “fails, refuses or neglects to treat a petition, complaints or appeal timeously” respectively.

Nevertheless, the NWC, vide a letter dated April 17, 2013 kindly requested  His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu MagatakardaWamakko to appear before it on the 8th of May, 2013 to clear the issues thereof.

The NWC also wrote to the State Secretary, Sokoto PDP, Mallam Aminu Bello Sokoto requesting explanations for his actions as a state party officer, in replying the National Chairman.

Regrettably, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko never honoredthe invitation and refused to respond in any way despite repeated invitations from the NWC, an action which is in clear violation of Article 58.1 (c), of the PDP constitution. In the same vein, the State Secretary, Sokoto PDP also refused to respond to the National Working Committee (NWC).

Consequently, the NWC at its 336th meeting held on May 22, 2013 suspended the State Secretary, Sokoto PDP Mallam Aminu Bello Sokoto and communicated the decision to him in a letter dated May 22, 2013.

The NWC thereafter extended yet another invitation to His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko in a letter dated May 23, 2013 in which it requested him to appear before it on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to clarify the issues.

Unfortunately, in complete disregard to a lawful organ of the Party, His Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, instead of appearing before the NWC traveled out of the country on Tuesday June 5, 2013 without any form of response to the party.

The NWC frowned at this act of gross indiscipline and disrespect to the party and was therefore left with no other option than to invoke relevant articles of the PDP constitution in furtherance of the determination to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.

We wish to state that the leadership of the Party has immense respect for all elected and appointed political office holders and in the same vein expects all political office holders to reciprocate by respecting the constitution and lawful organs of the Party upon which platform they hold office.

The NWC hereby restates that no individual or group within the party is, and must be seen to be above the constitution and lawful organs of the party. All party members are under the rule of the constitution of the party and must so abide.

Signed

Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

PDP Suspends Sokoto Governor, Wamakko.


 

Gov. Aliyu Wamakko
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suspended the Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko.

In a communique issued today at the end of a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC), the party said that on several occasions, Governor Wamakko had ignored invitations and lawful directives of the NWC as well as continued to show complete apathy to the affairs of the party and contempt to an organ of the party.

“Consequent upon the refusal of the Governor to honour yet another invitation by the NWC to appear before it today, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 without any reason, the Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 57 (7), 58. 1(c ),(h), (f) and 59 (1),(2), hereby suspends the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko as a member of the party and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party,” the statement said.

PDP, which is growing increasingly turbulent, said the measure was in furtherance of the determination of the leadership to enforce discipline at all levels within the party.

It would be recalled that on April 29, the PDP in Rivers suspended the speaker of the House of Assembly and 26 other members for what the chairman, Felix Obuah, described as “insubordination.”

Last week, the NWC suspended Rivers State Governor Amaechi after an emergency meeting of the party National Working Committee, claiming that it was trying to enforce internal discipline.  The previous week, Mr. Amaechi had defeated a candidate propped up by President Goodluck Jonathan during an election to pick the chairman of Nigerian governors’s forum.  His victory led an angry and disappointed Jonathan, in Addis Ababa for the historic 50th anniversary meeting of the African Union, to drink so heavily he was unable to address the event.

Full text of the communique:

Subject: COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END THE NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE PDP ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013
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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END THE NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE MEETING OF THE PDP ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2013.

The National Working Committee (NWC) at its 338th meeting held on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, extensively discussed the state of the Party across the nation and its members as well as the repeated breaches and disregard to the Party’s Constitution by his Excellency, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, the Executive Governor of Sokoto State.

The NWC notes that on several occasions, Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko had ignored invitations and lawful directives of the NWC in this regard and has continued to show complete apathy to the affairs of the party and contempt to an organ of the Party.

Consequent upon the refusal of the Governor to honour yet another invitation by the NWC to appear before it today, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 without any reason, the Committee, in exercise of the powers conferred by Articles 57 (3), 57 (7), 58. 1(c ),(h), (f) and 59 (1),(2), hereby suspends the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko as a member of the party and refers the matter to the appropriate disciplinary committee of the Party.

This is in furtherance of the determination of the leadership of the Party to enforce discipline at all levels within the Party.

Signed:

Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

Insurrection Against PDP National Chair Leads To Cancellation Of Press Briefing.


By SaharaReporters, New York

As overwhelming majority of members from the PDP’s National Working Committee dealt an embarrassing setback to the national party chair when they rescinded the party’s earlier decision to dissolve its Adamawa State Executive Council.

Party chair Dr. Bamanga Tukur was not present at the time of the vote to rescind by 10 of the committee’s 12 members.

Intrigue at the PDP Committee led Dr. Tukur to schedule, then cancel a press briefing organized for Wednesday.

The press briefing was aimed at condemning the actions of the rebellious 10 NWC members, who scolded Tukur for the crisis going on in the party in his home state of Adamawa.

Invitations had already been sent out that the briefing would hold at 10am in his office at Wadata Plaza, headquarters of the crisis-ridden party.

When he changed his mind, he sent another invitation that one of his aides would speak on his behalf. However, at the end of the day, neither he nor any of his aides showed up for the briefing, which was then cancelled.

Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan met with the leadership of the party and the governors, who reportedly pushed for the removal of Tukur.

The meeting, which was held at the President Villa, Abuja, was also attended by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo.

The meeting was aimed at brokering peace between the troublesome governors and the subdued NWC members, who, after learning of moves to replace them, quickly reversed the dissolution of the Adamawa State executive committee of the party.

Tukur had caused the NWC to sack the executive because of the alleged governorship ambition of one of his sons.

PDP members decry ‘secret’ constitution.


 

PDP National Chairman, Bamanga TukurPDP National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
credits:

There is confusion in the Peoples Democratic Party over the operation of the party’s constitution by the National Working Committee of the party.

The constitution has yet to be approved by the highest organ of the party, the National Executive Committee.

Some members of the party have complained that the party is implementing a constitution that party members are not familiar with.

A member of the party’s Board of Trustees, who spoke on condition of anonymity with our correspondent in Abuja on Thursday, said the NWC should not be implementing a constitution that was unknown to majority of party members.

“We don’t even know what is in the constitution because the constitution is yet to get the final approval of members of the NEC,” the BoT member said.

He said there were possibilities that a cabal within the hierarchy of the party could use some unknown provisions in the constitution to deny some of those aspiring to be chairman of the board a chance to contest.

Investigations by our correspondent showed that the last NEC of the party had deferred the approval of the constitution to a later date when all its members would have read and made their submissions known to the highest organ of the party.

That was one of the resolutions reached by NEC at its last meeting, which was held at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja on July 20.

But despite this resolution, it was learnt that the party’s top hierarchy had started operating the constitution.

During the NWC’s 315th regular meeting on September 12, it re-admitted the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, citing the unapproved constitution to back up its action.

Also, the NWC after its meeting on October 17, dissolved the Adamawa Executive Committee of the party, using the yet-to-be approved constitution as its defence.

While announcing the dissolution of the executive, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh said, “ This is in exercise of Article 31, section 2(e) and 29, 2 (b) of the 2012 amended constitution of our party and consequent on repeated breaches of the constitution by the Adamawa chapter. A caretaker committee has been set up in its place.”

The party inaugurated a caretaker committee, headed by Amb Umar Damagun from Yobe State, that same day.

On October 23, the NWC also announced the suspension of the party’s National Vice Chairman in the North-East, Alhaji Girigiri, for indiscipline.

Metuh said the suspended party official was accused of breaching Articles 51(1)(b)(c) (h) of the party’s constitution.

It was learnt that the provisions cited by the NWC were in the yet-to-be approved constitution, which members don’t have.

Speaking on the matter, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr. Victor Kwon, said the constitution was adopted at the party’s convention.

He said what the party was waiting for was to get the response from NEC members on their observations before the constitution would be mass produced.

He said, “The constitution was approved at the convention. It is already operational but NEC wants all the typographical errors and omissions to be rectified before we mass produce. The constitution is in the hands of few members now. We will start circulating it as soon as the NEC approves it.”

Source: PUNCH NIGERIA.

BY OLUSOLA FABIYI

PDP spent N2.2bn on elections in 2011 –Report.


The Peoples Democratic Party spent N2,241,693,156bn on elections in 2011.

This is contained in the party’s audited financial statements for 2010 and 2011. The statement was tabled before the delegates at the March 24 national convention of the party, which was held in Abuja.

Both the immediate past National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, and the former National Treasurer, Mr. William Makinde, signed the document on behalf of the defunct National Working Committee of the party.

The breakdown of the money spent on election indicated that the party spent N1,937,700,00bn on the national convention that produced President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate.

It also expended N135,550,000m on congress.

The party was, however, silent on the amount it spent on the presidential campaign, but said it spent N168,443,156m on publicity and announcements.

In 2010, the report indicated that the party spent N1,020,029,318bn on elections.

The huge difference between the two years might be as a result of general elections that were held in 2011.

The document showed that the party spent N720,652,991 on administrative expenses in 2011 while it spent N1,361,333,899bn on the same item in 2010.

It was also shown that the party spent N1,375,618,868bn on what it called “national secretariat expenses” in 2011 as against N621,130,116m in 2010.

As at December 31, 2011, the party claimed it had N4.744, 277,084bn in different banks across the country, while it had N8, 462,727,087bn in 2010.

In 2011, the party also spent N138,231,200 on the NWC members. This was however less than the N247,349,689 it expended on the NWC in 2010.

Meanwhile, workers at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja are grumbling over the refusal of the former NWC to either promote them or increase their salaries.

They also said the Baraje-led NWC also refused to pay them furniture allowance and that all efforts to make them (the NWC) pay them before leaving office were rebuffed.

They wondered why the party — the largest party in Nigeria — would also not comply with the pension arrangement by the government.

One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being victimised, said, “We have not been promoted for about eight years, and there has been no increase in our salaries.

“Even those on casuals in some places of work have had their salaries increased. But here, it is the case of monkey dey work, baboon dey chop.”

While they said they were aware of the moves by the newly constituted management of the party to relieve them of their duties, they called for proper remuneration of the workers before the expected sacking.

Our correspondent reports that the party’s decision to sack the workers was hinged on the need for the PDP to also implement the Federal Government policy that all directors that had been in office for more than eight years should be eased out.

Source: PUNCH NIGERIA.

by Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja.

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