If all goes according to plan, the days of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are numbered as reports indicate that governors under the platform of the party have agreed that he should step aside for peace to reign.
Tukur’s sack has been one of the major bones of contention between the ruling party and the presidency on one hand, and the seven aggrieved PDP governors on the other hand.
However, it was gathered that the embattled chairman’s fate may be decided at tomorrow’s meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and governors of the Abubakar Baraje led faction at the presidential villa, Abuja.
According to one source, it was impressed on the president “to let go” of Tukur in view of the “needless tension his actions and inactions were causing him and the polity.
“He was told the plain truth that he needed a break from the tension in the polity generated by the crisis in his party. In particular, it was impressed on him that Tukur’s leadership of the party was doing more harm to the administration than good and he should hands off the issue of keeping Tukur at the helms of the PDP.
“From the body language of the president, he appeared to have agreed with the governors. Sunday’s meeting with the rebel governors is likely to advance that course of action. The question now is just when Tukur would go,” the source added.
It was also gathered that some of the governors, who are die-hard loyalists of Mr. Jonathan have told him to look beyond the present and consider the larger interest of the nation, the party and his own political survival by acceding to the governors’ requests.
“Indeed, I can tell you that members of the president’s kitchen cabinet have commenced shopping for a replacement for Tukur with a number of accomplished politicians from the North-Eastern part of the country being considered. Some other stakeholders are also involved in the search for the new chairman that would be acceptable to all sides in the crisis,” the source said.