Tukur, Anenih On Collission Course Over Fate Of Aggrieved PDP Govs
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tujkur and the party’s Chairman of the the Board of Trustee (BoT) Chief Tony Anenih has disagreed sharply ovr the fate of the group of seven governors who formed the ‘New PDP’.
While the Tukur-led executives buoyed by Friday’s Federal High Court verdict has mulled stern punitive measures against promoters of the Alhaji Kawu Baraje-led group which include a process that would lead to the eventual expulsion of the backers of the factional body, also known as the G-7 governors, Chief Tony Anenih to contend with, as he insists that the governors, as leaders of the party in their respective states are still needed in the party.
The G-7 governors, who are promoters of the new PDP are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano); Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
Anenih contends that rather than wielding the big stick, the party should still explore reconciliation opportunities to bring the aggrieved governors back on track.
But in spite of the differences between the two PDP leaders, President Goodluck Jonathan’s position on the next move to tame the governors is yet unknown.
It was gathered that the divergent positions taken by the big wigs of the PDP came barely 24 hours after Justice Elvis Chukwu stopped the Baraje-led PDP from parading itself as the authentic leadership of the PDP.
However, the Baraje faction has insisted it would not relax the onslaught against Tukur until he abdicates office as national chairman of the party.
A source said: “the leadership of the party, including our chairman, wants the aggrieved governors expelled now, since they have lost out both in the court and before the INEC. They are saying the party needs to be sanitised once and for all before the preparation for the 2015 election begins.
“But Chief Anenih and a few others want the ongoing dialogue to continue since not all of the seven governors are willing to leave the party.”
The source, a current PDP BoT member, explained that the two leaders have their own reasons for their positions, but disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan has the final say in the disagreement.
The source said, “You are aware, the chairman was not party to the dialogue going on in the State House between President Jonathan and those governors. But Chief Anenih is, and he knows what is going on there and wants the dialogue to continue. Anenih’s view is that only three of the seven governors are interested in defecting while others would like to remain and continue fighting from within. But Tukur believes in their expulsion in order for the party to have peace.
“It would interest you to know that the two of them are concerned about the 2015 general election. To Tukur, the earlier these people are expelled the better for the party, while Anenih thinks otherwise. He believes since the election is not next year, those who want to go should be allowed to go on their own. But let me also tell you, President Jonathan has the final say on this matter, being the leader of the party. And as far as I know, he has not spoken.”
Those the source believes might still remain within the party to continue with the fight include three governors, while four others were said to be on their way out of the PDP.
If the plan to expel them is endorsed by the stakeholders including Jonathan and Atiku, the seven governors and their supporters would be summoned to appear before the Disciplinary Committee led by Alhaji Umaru Dikko, to defend themselves of anti-party activities. Those who appear might be pardoned, but those who ignore the invitation would be suspended and later expelled.
Although, Dikko is said to be sick, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, his deputy would be asked to preside over the matter shortly after the inauguration of the committee this week.
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