National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has been accused by a social reforms activist, Daniel Richards of having a hidden agenda in Taraba state following his alleged meddlesomeness in the affairs of the PDP chapter in the state.
Bamanga had about two weeks ago inaugurated an eight member committee led by Senator Hope Uzodinma to look into the crisis rocking the party in Taraba.
But in a parley with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Richards said it was clear that the PDP chairman had overridden interest which could threaten the peaceful coexistence in Taraba state.
He described as unfortunate the situation when past cases like that of late President Umaru Yar’adua, Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu and Liyel Imoke of Cross Rivers were swept under the carpet and the PDP never deemed it necessary to set up committees to ascertain their health conditions only to set up a committee in the case of Governor Danbaba Suntai’s.
According to him, “Why didn’t they do the same to late Yar’ adua, Enugu and Cross River governors who stayed away for almost nine months? Is it not the same PDP, the same constitution they are operating? There is a foul play in this matter. And I challenge Bamanga and his crew to come clean and tell Nigerians the reason why they are selecting Danbaba.” .
Meanwhile, the Taraba State Government has warned “desperate politicians” who “are drawing a parallel between the health conditions of Governor Danbaba Suntai and that of late President Umaru Yar’adua” to desist from doing so.
In a statement signed by the commissioner of Information, Emmanuel Bello, the state government described as saddening the way and manner which such comparisons are made, saying the cases of the two are basically different.
“It is mischievous and downright evil as our culture advice respect for the dead. And in current situation, there is no basis for such comparison at all. The case of Suntai differs greatly from that of Yar’adua in many ways,” Bello said.