Thursday, 23 May 2013
Insurrection Against PDP National Chair Leads To Cancellation Of Press Briefing
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members from the PDP’s National Working Committee dealt an embarrassing setback to the national party chair when they rescinded the party’s earlier decision to dissolve its Adamawa State Executive Council.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.