Tight Security, Tension As PDP NEC Decides Tukur's Fate


•Alhaji Bamanga Tukur

Hundreds of well armed police officers, soldiers and officers of Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, have been deployed in and around the Wuse, Abuja secretariat of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as tension builds up ahead of the party’s National Executive Committee meeting holding on Thursday.

When P.M.NEWS visited the area this morning, all access routes to the secretariat have been taken over by the security men who were well armed with guns and fierce dogs.

•Alhaji Babangida Tukur
•Alhaji Babangida Tukur

Also, security officers have scaled up screening of those who want to gain access to the secretariat by ensuring that only those with proper accreditation are allowed in.

The NEC meeting will finally determine the fate of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whose continuous stay in office as the party’s national chairman has been subject of controversies in the past 48 hours.

Reports yesterday afternoon indicated that the embattled national chairman who has lost the support of governors elected on the platform of the party and his colleagues in PDP National Working Committee, NWC, has finally resigned.

Tukur reportedly resigned following intense pressure from all the stakeholders in the ruling party at a caucus meeting attended by President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock Presidential Villa on Tuesday night.

However, Oliver Okpala, the media assistant to the PDP National Chairman in text messages to journalists denied the report.

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Tukur  later told journalists just before the meeting of PDP Board of Trustees, BOT, at the Presidential Villa Wednesday night that he remains the Chairman of PDP.

Though he attended the BOT meeting, he was however not present at the caucus meeting presided over by President Jonathan and PDP  governors and some members of the NWC, thereby fuelling speculations that his era as the party’s chairman may be over.

Some reports indicated that Tukur’s resignation will be formally announced at the NEC meeting.

Meanwhile, it was also gathered that governors elected on the platform of the party are already scheming on who should take over from Tukur, with many of them favouring Uche Secondus, a deputy national chairman of the party who is also considered to be a lackey of the President.

Some reports indicated that the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan,  is in support of the emergence of Alhaji Idris Umar, the Minister of Transport as Tukur’s successor.

—Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja