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Crisis in PDP deepens, as Governors snub Tukur’s book launch
It is no longer news that there’s an ongoing ‘war of ego’ in the camp of the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which has eaten deep into the affairs and peace of the largest party in Africa.
It was a clear indication that PDP governors and their national leaders are still at loggerheads as only few of them showed up in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, yesterday for the book launch in honour of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
It is believed that Power tussle has been the bone of contention between PDP governors and their national chairman.
Out of the 23 PDP
Governors in power, only three of them were present while 2 sent representatives.
As a part of the celebration of Alhaji Tukur’s birthday, ”The Global Villager, a biography of Alhaji Tukur” was presented in his honour.
The Governors Theodore Orji of Abia State, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi and Patrick Yakowa, of Kaduna state were present. While governor Ibrahim Shema of Katsina State and his Plateau State counterpart, Jonah Jang, sent their deputies.
Mallam Yuguda of Bauchi state, was called to speak on behalf of the PDP governors ,but he declined. However, he urged Governor Orji to speak on their behalf.
Speaking at the occasion that was mainly honored by President Goodluck Jonathan and other party’s chieftains, Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, tendered an open apology on behalf of his colleagues with the assurance that he would pick 10 copies of the book for them.
“I have been mandated by PDP governors in the PDP Governors Forum to come and speak. To all the PDP governors in the Governors Forum, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur represents the Iroko in the forest. If you enter the forest and you don’t see the Iroko, it is no forest. Where you see the Iroko is the forest. Bamanga Tukur is the leader in our party.
“Let me apologize on behalf of PDP governors who aren’t here because of circumstances beyond their control. Some of them have sent their representatives, but of course, an event for Bamanga Tukur isn’t one for excuses,’’ he said.
Recounting Tukur’s enormous contribution of to the growth of nigerian economy, President Goodluck Jonathan described the PDP national chairman as a man of honour, a detribalized Nigerian and an enviable businessman, who “has promoted businesses more than any other businessman in Africa”.
“Today gives us an opportunity to honour a man, who has done well in contributing to the economic growth of Nigeria. We are here to honour a man of honour. His life’s story is that of patience and orderly rise to the top. He didn’t suddenly become rich. He has lived a life that symbolizes that the best is possible in this country; he symbolizes the life of perseverance in times of adversity.’’
Launching the biography with N10 million, Chief Arthur Eze who doubles as the chief launcher sang praises of PDP national chairman.
“He is a straightforward man.
I know him, and I respect him. I don’t belong to any political party, but I respect individuals. I want to urge you, please, don’t listen to anybody; just listen to your president and support him to complete his term,’’ Eze said.