PDP Moves To Sack State Chairmen Opposed to Its National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur
The calculated attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party to slam the sledge hammer on members of the party seen to be opposed to certain groups in the party has shifted to the Chairmen of the party at the state level
Report available to Abusidiqu.com indicates that the party has begun moves to sack any state chairmen believed to be working against the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
This decision was taken following the open declaration of support by the Sokoto state chapter of the party for Governor Wamakko of Sokoto state who was few days ago suspended by the PDP National Working Committee.
The state chapter had at a press conference addressed by the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mohammed Arzuka Tureta, on Thursday in Sokoto said it did not recognise the suspension of the governor.
Sources at the national headquarteers said the sacking of the state chairmen and executives would deny governors believed to be working against Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan’s reported re-election bid from having any grounds to operate.
By denying them of any party machinery, the national leadership hopes to effectively weaken the governors and whip them into line.
Apart from Amaechi and Wamakko, other governors being targeted by the PDP are the Adamawa State Governor, Muritala Nyako; Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Aliyu Babangida (Niger); and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara).
It was gathered that the suspension of the governors and the sacking of the state chairmen would enable the Presidency and party leadership to seize control of the National Executive Committee from the governors.
The PDP’s NEC consists of the national chairman, the President and the vice-president, chairman and secretary of the Board of Trustees and all other members of BoT is one organ of the party where the governors wields much power and influence
The decision to “cut the governors to size,” according to Saturday punch investigation, was taken after the Nigeria Governors’ Forum election, which was won by Amaechi.
The PDP leadership and the Presidency were not support of Amaechi’s aspiration and indeed, campaigned for his rival, Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State.
A member of the NWC, who spoke with our correspondent, said the party was monitoring the activities of the ‘recalcitrant’ governors and the state chairmen as well as their comments in the media.
“We are monitoring their activities and their actions. We are going to deal with them one after the other before we have our NEC meeting. Anyone that we understand is capable of causing trouble at the meeting will be suspended before the meeting,” the NWC member added.
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