The Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako has berated Alhaji Bamanga Tukur for calling on the governor and four of his colleagues to accord him due respect, saying he does not deserve their respect as long as he is unable to prove his competence, capacity and ability as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman.
The other governors are Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Mu’Azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State.
Tukur was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide – Prince Oliver Okpala – that the governors as “leaders who the general public looks upon as role models, they are expected to show respect to constituted authority and the elders, which include Dr. Bamanga Tukur, who have contributed immensely to the peace, progress, development and advancement of this country.”
But Nyako aaccused Tukur of diverting attention from the core issues of his lack of competence and capacity which he said were at the root of the problems in the party.
According to the governor, who made this known in a statement signed by his Director of Press, Sajoh Ahmad, “Bamanga Tukur is trying to divert attention from the core issues. It is not the issue of respect for each other, it is not the issue of age or status or international standing. The matter in question is his competence and ability to run the party, his ability to provide fairness and justice to everybody.
“He cannot come here to sponsor a group of impostors and call them executives who will disenfranchise us, disrespect us, kick us aside and he turns around and tells us about respect and status. In actual fact, if he thinks his status is not respected, Murtala Nyako has had higher attainments nationally than him,” he said in reference to Nyako, who as a Vice Admiral, had been the country’s Chief of Naval Staff in the mid-eighties.
Continuing, he said: “If he can bring in impostors and impose them on the state PDP and cause them to disrespect Nyako, he should not be talking about respect, but that is not the issue at stake.
“The issue at stake is his competence, capacity, ability as the National Chairman of the PDP. Is he running the PDP competently enough? Is he providing level playing field? Is he fair and just to everybody concerned? That his media office will continue to remind people that he is running the PDP with peace, concord, and understanding when he knows that in the last four months now, they have had four reconciliation committees?
“A group that has peace and concord cannot definitely have four reconciliation committees in four months. I don’t think that the two tally.
“We are not arguing about respect, about age, about status or whatever; we are talking about competence to run the PDP as an inclusive party that accommodates everybody’s interests.”