National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has declared that the crisis rocking the party would not consume him just as he dismissed speculations that he might be removed to assuage the feelings of most PDP governors, who are reportedly against his style of leadership.
The internal bickering in the ruling party which led to the defection of five of its governors to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, heightened media speculation that Tukur, whom the governors said must be removed as chairman of the party to pave way for sincere reconciliation and peace in PDP, might be asked to go at the special convention of the party next year.
It has also come to light that Tukur has lost the support of majority of the governors in the party as many of them are said not to be comfortable with his attitude which they noted inflamed negative passion rather than calm frayed nerves as well as unnecessarily overheated the polity.
But in reaction to all the reports of his imminent removal, the Special Assistant, Media to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Oliver Okpala said, “Bamanga Tukur is not moved by the political speculation on the pages of newspapers that he will be sacrificed in the reconciliation movement because he has paid his dues as the National Chairman of the party and as one of the founding fathers of the PDP.
“He is ever ready to take the PDP to greater heights and ensure more electoral victory for the party in 2014 and 2015. It is a political speculation”.