Tukur’s Decision To Use Iron Hand Against Dissident PDP Members In Order, Says Boni Haruna

TukurFormer Adamawa State governor under the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Boni Haruna, has pledged his loyalty to the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led national leadership of the party.

Haruna, a loyalist of former vice-president Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, surprisingly did not support the action of his benefactor as he supported the decision taken by Alhaji Tukur to deal with erring members of the party.

“As a leader he (Bamanga) has his options and the best option always is what is desired to bring about the resolution of any problem”.

He however noted that “in crisis situations like this, it gives room for some form of emotion and am sure maybe at a point he will be in a position to look back and review his position” adding that “you cannot deny somebody his views given the magnitude of issues on ground”

Haruna, who was guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, debunked the claims that the party’s woes started with the emergence of Tukur as chairman of the PDP.

He also debunked the claim by a group sympathetic to the cause of the ‘New PDP’ that Tukur is not a member of the party as he was not properly re-admitted after his expulsion from PDP in 2011, when incidentally; he (Haruna) was the governor of Adamawa state.

Boni, as he is fondly called, said “I know as a fact that Alh. Bamanga Tukur is a founding member of the PDP and I do also know that he has paid his dues in this party” noting that “they were 34 of them who started this party”.

“Take note also that there were chairmen of this party that were actually not members of the party at a point. (Vincent) Ogbulafor was not a member of this party; he was in All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and at a point also, (Okwesilieze) Nwodo had gone to another party and came back. So, all these things didn’t start with Bamanga, there are acts of precedence” he added.

The former governor noted that “whether there were some processes that needed to be followed or not, the truth is that Bamanga is a founding member of this party, a financial contributor to this party” adding that “they were those who that stuck their necks at the heat of the Abacha regime to put in a place a group that resisted the military”.

Haruna flayed the actions of those behind the splinter PDP saying in politics, it is not unusual for people to have disagreements but not to the extent of breaking-away and constituting their own executives.

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