The reported demand by five northern governors that national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Bamanga Tukur be sacked from office as a condition for peace in the party, has been dismissed by the Presidency.
It would be recalled that the governors; Muritala Nyako (Adamawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) had at a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday discussed for close to three hours behind closed doors on issues that included the political impasse in Rivers State and the crisis in the ruling PDP.
They were reported to have told Mr. Jonathan that only Tukur’s exit would guarantee peace in the party.
However, the insistence by the governors has elicited the disapproval of the President’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, who said that the governors know very well that the President alone could not remove the national chairman since he (Tukur) was a product of an election.
According to the presidential aide, it smacks of political immaturity for the governors to “ambush” the President and ask him to sack the PDP chairman.
Admitting that he was not physically present at the meeting, the governors reported position was not the proper procedure.
“It is political immaturity for the governors to ask the President to sack Alhaji Tukur. That is not supposed to be the line of negotiation. When you go for a negotiation, all cards must be on the table”, Gulak said.
“You can’t go and ambush the President and ask him to sack somebody that was elected at a national convention of the party.
“As senior members of the party, the governors know that Tukur is a product of election. The President can’t sack him alone. That will not be proper.
“There are processes stipulated in the PDP constitution for officers to be removed from office and they (governors) are aware of the procedure.”