Elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State have described the national chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s leadership as a disaster that led to the crisis in the party.
The position was contained in a communiqué read by the new PDP elder’s committee chairman, Ambassador Kabiru Rabi’u after a meeting yesterday. The elders flayed the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party under Bamanga Tukur for falling to uphold the rule of law. “The present leadership of PDP is very unpopular and has being a disaster for the party as the national chairman pursues the policy of personal loyalty which splits our great party and divides the governor’s ranks,” the communiqué said. The communiqué stated that: “We the elders of the party and the entire new PDP family in Kano State are saying no to the breach of constitution and to the politics of divide and rule. “The actions of the national working committee under the leadership of Bamanga Tukur in recent past are undemocratic, autocratic, selfish and military-like. The constitution of the party was thrown to the dogs and actions are taken on the whims and caprices of his principal,” the communiqué added. Also, the new PDP elders condemned a statement credited to the chairman of the board of trustees of the ‘old’ PDP, Tony Anenih, where he allegedly advocated for an automatic ticket to President Goodluck Jonathan and some governors in 2015. “The PDP policy of consensus arrangement and adoption rather than transparent election to produce candidates for all elective offices including presidency is totally unacceptable to us, therefore we condemn the call for automatic ticket to anybody.” The elders added that they cannot trust the leadership of the ‘old’ PDP to conduct a free and fair election in 2015 with the support the presidency and the party gave to Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang after he clearly lost the governors’ forum chairmanship election to his Rivers State counterpart Rotimi Amaechi. “The national working committee of the party is reluctant to call Governor Jang to order after he lost the election that turned out to be a rancourous affair that split up the party right down the middle, is a clear indication that PDP cannot be trusted to conduct free and fair elections in 2015 where over 73 million Nigerians will participate.” Rabiu said the new PDP in Kano State is in court to contest the caretaker committee appointed by the NWC to oversee the affairs of the party in the state.