Why we are taking over PDP from Jonathan, Tukur — New Factional Chairman, Baraje

Below is the full text of a speech by the new factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, at a press conference in Abuja where a new faction of the ruling party was unveiled.

We address you today as leaders of PDP, who are worried by the increasing repression, restrictions of freedom of association, arbitrary suspension of members and other such violations of democratic principles by a faction of our party led by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur .

While we have done everything humanly possible to bring to the attention of critical stakeholders within the party the dangers inherent in the course being charted by that leadership, it has become very clear that the desperate permutations towards 2015 general elections have blinded certain people from the consequences of their actions.

Not only has the constitution of the party been serially  abused by Alhaji Tukur and his fellow travelers, all the organs of the party have been rendered virtually ineffectual by a few people who act as though above the law. Unfortunately, it is obvious that that they get encouragement from the presidency whose old calculations are geared towards shutting out any real or imagined opposition ahead of the party’s presidential primaries for the 2015 elections.

As leaders of our great party, we consider it a sacred responsibility to save the PDP from the antics of a few desperadoes who have no democratic temperament and are therefore bent on hijacking the party  for selfish ends. While the list of their violations of the tenets of our great party is long, we will highlight just a few:

The National Executive Committee of the PDP at its belated meeting of 20June 2013 approved 20 July2013 for the conduct of a special national convention.

However, that date was changed to August 31 without reverting to NEC ( the only authority vested with such powers) by a few people, apparently acting on the authority of the presidency.

Notwithstanding the fact that INEC had noted that the PDP congresses in nine states were not properly conducted, the illegal delegates from such states are being paraded at the so-called convention being held today in a cynical attempt to circumvent the law and further bring the name of the party to disrepute.

In gross violation of the PDP constitution which stipulates that the NEC meeting must hold at least once in a quarter, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and a few people have been running the party like a personal fiefdom without recourse to that important decision-making organ of the party.

The NEC of the party accepted the resignation of the former members of the NWC whose offices were affected by INEC observations based principally on the agreement that the affected officers would be returned to their respective offices at the convention. However, against the decision of the NEC. And in a not-so-clever bid to exclude some perceived opponents of the few powerful members who are trying to hijack the party, these positions have been made Open to some Yes-men within the party.

Notwithstanding INEC instance that Senator Any Uba is the duly elected candidate of the party in Anambra State and against the background that he is so recognized by majority of our party members, the Bamanga Tukur-led Executives announced a purported suspension of Senator Uba and some other members close to him in defiance of subsisting court orders.

Despite that the PDP Constitution is very clear that the state chapter of the party cannot discipline a national officer, the Deputy National Chairman, Mr. Sam Jaja, has reportedly been dismissed by some renegades  who have hijacked the Rivers State chapter of our party with the connivance of the Bamanga Tukur leadership.

The persistent change in the list of the party’s delegates in many states as part of a deliberate attempt to rig the party’s nomination of candidates, especially at the presidential and gubernatorial levels, with a view to foisting on the PDP some unpopular candidates who are bound to lose at the polls.

The suspension without due process of the Governors of Rivers and Sokoto states. Even when the illegal suspension on Sokoto State Governor has been lifted, the Rivers Governor remains purportedly suspended for no just cause.

The illegal dissolution of the Adamawa State chapter of the party is a clear abuse of power by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur thus causing confusion in his home state.

Given the foregoing, it is very clear that the Bamanga Tukur leadership cannot guarantee for our millions of party members democracy anchored on free choice and the rule of law. We have therefore taken it upon ourselves to rescue the party from their int and dictatorial leadership.

It is indeed noteworthy that from 1999 to date, Nigerians have constantly voted the presidential candidates presented by our great party but not only dies such trust come wig enormous responsibility, we recognize that wee cannot continue to take the people f granted.

From now, the new leadership of the party under us will strive to build a fairer as well as a more transparent and accountable PDP that will putty interest of members and indeed all the people of Nigeria above that of one single individual.

For all the members of our great party who may have become disillusioned  by the anti-democratic tendencies of the Bamanga Tukur’s leadership, there is a new lease of life in the  horizon. It’s a new day for the Peoples Democratic Party.

As we take over the  leadership of the PDP, our immediate priority is to revive the culture of robust debate of all contending issues while providing a level-playing field for all our  members. These were the ideals that differentiated our party from others and endeared us to Nigerians.

We are not, and have never been a political party where one man would be taking decisions for all members and where once you do not kowtow before the presidency, you are  deemed a rebel that must be crushed. That is no the PDP  bequeathed to us by our founding fathers. That, I dare say, is no longer what PDP under our leadership will represent from today.



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  • greenlight774

    Congratulation to the new PDP Chairman, Baraje.

    • Mani_Kay

      or rather new PDM Chairman, Barage ……… I am just waiting to see how Obasanjo and Atiku and their boys will slug it out in PDM. PDP must have God to thank that they are gone.

  • En

    Congrats! The long expected implosion in the PDP, a party of thieves led by a dummy and clueless leader!


      My Uncle Wyatt got a nearly new Fiat 500 Convertible by working part-time from a macbook… try this out


  • Raymond

    Gbam! The gods have spoken.

  • wazman14

    This is what we are yearning for a very long time……at least now we can hav a breathe of what is called uncontaminated fresh air

  • face-to-face

    Atiku and his group are truly holigans and a disgrace to politics in Nigeria. It is very clear that their strategy is to cause confusion in PDP without justification. They registered their PDM party many days ago. Why are they doing all they can to cause trouble in PDP instead of spending time to nurture their PDM. If I am President Goodluck Jonathan I would fight them ruthlessly and violently even to the point of making sure that they live the rest of their lives in make-shift coffins.

    • Outraged

      Your mumu and clueless otuoke fisherman cannot hold his party together, cannot control his wife, now the moron president will finish this country. wish the military can come and finish him,

  • Mani_Kay

    You did not breakaway from PDP and you are not a PDP faction. You are registered by INEC as PDM. You look so stupid in your misguided attempt to cause trouble in PDP. I advise you concentrate your efforts in building PDM for a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Presidential candidate in 2015 with Alhaji Abubakar Rotimi Amaechi as Vice Presidential candidate.

  • Outraged

    Mumu Jonathan, a clueless president. You have finally destroyed PDP with your mumu wife..now you are destroying Nigeria.

    • Afam

      Mumu Nigerian and GEJ is your president,If doubt or on denial commit any crime and see if you did not rot in jail…You can only display your ignorance and untrained altitude by calling a president mumu on the internet..

      • Outraged

        The worst president ever, yeye PH.D, Jonathan cannot even speak better English, ogogoro ijaw man and fisherwoman wife.

        • Afam

          English your mother tongue? or borrowed language? come on idiot,his thesis you can not write till end of your life..your just too jealous…

          • Dan maikoko

            You just remind me Afam, have they found GEJ’s thesis? Just remembered the controversy it generated back in 2011 when some MUMU citizen doubted if Great Jona was a PhD. They searched at Uniport but could not locate his thesis.

          • Afam

            He is not your leader Asiwaju who went and packed all the document at Governent college ibadan..we knew the certificate forgers….Gani of blesses memory will tell you more..

          • Dan maikoko

            Sorry oh! Afam. Just want to know if I can call my adversaries bluff that I cant produce his thesis. No harm meant!

          • deri

            But you were able to locate the thesis submitted by Tinubu on late Gani abi?

      • bhr

        No doubt Mumu is his name…

  • Afam

    Running to the press and bragging will not save Baraje and his gangs..let us wait and see who the INEC will recognise..

    • Kasarawa

      INEC is definitely going to recognize and endorse Jonathan, but how about we Nigerians? Are we also going to waste our votes on him?

      • Afam

        who are you people? i bet your boko haram brothers will allow you to vote…go and fix your house..

        • Dan maikoko

          Softly Afam. Boko haram has taken over the north, no president will ever be sworn in without a 2/3 win from 2/3 of the states. Again no president can continue a day longer than his term, election or no election.

          • Afam

            And tell me who among those gang of ATIKU that will win that 2/3 from states? Nyaku or the other co travellers? Atiku tested his relevancy in 2007 what happened to him? he came 4th..Am not a partisan Nigerian but advocate of change from old fools and over mouthed individuals like Atiku and his Barajes..

  • Kasarawa

    Nigerians have been patiently waiting for this to happen. GEJ, Bamanga and co have turned PDP into a private organization – suspending, dismissing, intimidating, harassing and blackmailing any body that crosses their line. This is totally unacceptable!!. Now that we have PDP, PDP faction and APC, I think the road to 2015 is going to be more interesting and the result will be far better than that of 2011.

  • Mani_Kay

    ATIKU’S WORST DISGRACEFUL CONDUCT = = You did not breakaway from PDP and you are not a PDP faction. You are registered by INEC as PDM. You look so stupid in your misguided attempt to cause trouble in PDP. I advise you concentrate your efforts in building PDM for a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Presidential candidate in 2015 with Alhaji Abubakar Rotimi Amaechi as Vice Presidential candidate.

  • Usman

    that is what we have been waiting for, PDP has divided us in religious and tribal lines in order to continue ruling, it is their time to feel it, that is the beginning of their end

  • Mani_Kay

    This is the worst ever start for PDM. Nigerians know that Atiku, Lamido, Amaechi and others left PDP in the recent past and moved into PDM which they registered with INEC. What business do they have attending a PDP convention and insisting that PDM members be elected to run the affairs of PDP? I advise them to concentrate efforts in building PDM for a Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani Presidential candidate in 2015 with Alhaji Abubakar Rotimi Amaechi as Vice Presidential candidate.

    • Kasarawa

      Don’t you get it bro? Your dummy ijaw brother and his friends have ruined PDP’s reputation. Jonathan has gotten his chance to make history and be remembered as a hero but failed. It his high time for him to give way for others to show him how it is done.

      • Afam

        who killed PDP? Northern PDP is dead not at our side ok,if PDP is dead at the north it does not mean is dead at our side…go to Enugu state,Akwa-ibom,cross river,Delta and see what PDP governors are doing not too much media hype..

  • My Brother No Be Thief

    Good development. Rest in peace PDP

  • Mani_Kay

    PDP SURVIVES POLITICAL ASSASINATION BY MISGUIDED PDM ELEMENTS OF THE NORTHERN MUSLIM HAUSA-FULANI ………………. An attempt to politically assassinate PDP and create conducive environment for a born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani to occupy Aso Rock in 2015 failed woefully today at the Eagle Square PDP convention arena. The ring
    leaders of the political assassination attempt included disgraced former President and rapist Olusegun Obasanjo, disgraced dubious gay former Vice President Abubakar Atiku, extremely dishonest Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State, Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto State, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, Abdulfatah Ahmed and Buko-ole Saraki of Kwara State, Abubakar Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and other well known dubious characters including Andy Uba of Anambra State. ======= In the recent past these criminal elements registered PDM with INEC and have been working hard to setup structures for their new party while publicly but dishonestly maintaining that they will remain in PDP forever. They had thought the PDP convention will afford them vintage opportunity to install PDM members as the core of PDP’s NWC so that they can destroy PDP from within and pave way for their newly registered PDM. In this regard they even initiated fake reconciliations and fake visits to President Goodluck Jonathan aimed at hoodwinking genuine PDP members. But unknown to them, a more and highly intelligent and extremely wise President Goodluck Jonathan and his men carefully and effortlessly dismantled their dubious evil plans. Thank God they failed woefully …….. they are gone; PDP lives!!!!

    • Ali Abdulkadir

      I can’t wait to read your comment or see the looks on
      your face when you finally realize that your hero Jonathan has been left with
      an empty PDP that cannot even win his local government for him. I am laughing
      at your folly. While you are busy playing the racial card, we are busy moving a
      United Nigeria forward.

      • Oln

        Ali, do u understand the word racial, for ur info all Nigerians are black, so do not see how race is an issue in Nigerian politics.or maybe u meant tribal politics is at play

        • naija man

          and for your information,racial or race is not only define by skin color.

          • Oln

            Really, u must live in a parallel world, where race is not defined as skin color

          • naija man

            the germans where called racist when they attacked and killed their fellow europeans of thesame colour and jews.it is in africa that we use the world trib.

        • Ali Abdulkadir

          Tnx! Tribal or ethnic politics. My mistake!

          • Oln

            Tnx, for ur acknowledgement , never mind naija man, who lives in a parallel universe, where race is not about skin color

      • Mani_Kay

        The Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani have done all they can to make the country ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan but Jonathan is still there. In the recent past the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are doing all they can to destroy PDP and deny Jonathan a platform for a second term in 2015 but today the Lord God Almighty shamed them publicly and they had no choice but to retreat in defeat to their failed PDM cocoon. It is instructive for you to note that what happened today is a victory for PDP. God removed the burden off PDP’s shoulders.

        • bhr

          Mani Kay, It seems like u r a ‘Dirty Southern Christian’. People that use church as a means of fraud, adultery and fornication…..that’s y ur Mumu president knws nothing but alcohol…

  • Ali Abdulkadir

    Finally Uncle Jona with the help of Tukur and Anenih has
    succeeded in tearing apart the strongest and biggest party in Africa. Any time
    you pile up the number of people you oppress, intimidate, harass, persecute and
    suppress, you create a monster that will end up consuming you. Emerging the
    flag bearer of your party should be by popular and democratic choice and not by
    mischievous, illegal and undemocratic machinations that undermines the majority
    for the benefit of a few. We stand with the true democrats; the NEW PDP under
    the able leadership of Baraje.

    • Afam

      Do i expect any hausa man from the far north to say the truth ? NO..because they are bent at causing confusion and can never abide by the rule…

    • Mani_Kay

      There was nothing like oppression ………. these PDM members had planned to takeover PDP NWC so that they can easily destroy PDP from within and replace it with PDM. It is in this regard that they sponsored die-hard PDM members to vie for positions at the convention but unfortunately for them PDP discovered and destroyed their evil plans. It would have been absolute foolishness for PDP to source members of PDP NWC from a rival political party (PDM) that does not even recognize the right of PDP to exist.

  • emmanuel

    En and co, the president is clueless and dummy? This nation is ruled today by a man who tries to make the rot left behind by your rogue mentors get clean up and your are there talking ribbish.

    Has your fathers ever ruled Nigeria and did better than the current president?

  • Dankasa

    Mani_kay welcome back, where have you been, for long I have not been reading from your abuses, why? You always abuse Muslims and their religion even if the topic at hand has nothing to do with religion. We all believe your behavior translates the kind of person you are and of course your upbringing. But last time Mani I threw a shocker to you when i challenged you that If were you I will stop eating anything produced by Muslims or Hausa-Fulani, bcos the way you hate them is very deep and dangerous and not knowing that they are feed you and your people with all your Oil if at all you have Oil in your State. If you don’t know even the Gulder or Star name them you and your potbelly father (if at all you have a father) always drink are produced from the grain of the same North you hate, so Mani your argument, hater and position against North and her people are very weak at all the time. Mani, you should therefore shelve your sword against Northern Muslims bcos they can do and survive on what they cultivate from the same desert that feed you people without you but you can’t survive a single week without them bcos of what they produce. You are nothing Mani but a Nincompoop and Nonsense! I know you are an Ibo man.

    • Mani_Kay

      @Dankasa: it is a pity that you so called born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani are so proud and so full of yourselves that you foolishly think people from the Niger Delta are dummies. ……. the reason you are quick to assert that I am an Ibo man …… because you never thought that we could defend ourselves and hold our ground. Let me assure, we will surely expel the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani out of Nigeria on or before 2015 general elections. The Federal Republic of Niger Delta comprising the present South-South geo-political zone and excluding certain sections of Edo and Delta States will have nothing whatsoever to do with the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani.; never means never.

      • Mustapha

        Point of correction mani, then you are expelling yourselves out of Nigeria to republic of Niger delta.

        • Mani_Kay

          No; Nigeria will be renamed Republic of Niger Delta in confederation with the Republic of Biafra and the Republic of Middle Belt. I hope you get it.

  • deri

    Is APC led by Tinubu a party of saints? There are more crooks in APC than PDP cause most of their members are left overs from PDP-No sane Nigerian would take this group serious in the first place-its all about greed-this is another ABN created to kick ijaw man Jonathan out-of Nigeria–u hate the man but love his oil revenue-abi?-animals

  • deri

    Our political system has collapsed very poorly in the past. President Jonathan and his government are trying to rebuild it. One of the sources of rancour in northern Nigeria before now was the issue of Almajiri, but today, the almajiri education has been repackaged in such a way that these children are exposed to both western and Islamic education. We have never had a situation like this where the President would be directly involved in negotiation with ASUU. For me, that is a handsome President. The SURE-P is there. The YOUWIN is there, and you will continue to see these gains accumulated and become bigger by 2015. Even though the gains are there now, somebody you love, there is nothing he would do that you will dislike. And that is the reason this President will win. If you look at the APC, this government has the wherewithal to stop it but did not. I mean, that is the beauty of our democracy. And APC is full of failed PDP politicians. Also, APC is a bunch of regional parties that still have these regional identities to themselves. The chances of them being able to metamorphose into clean party before 2015 are slim. And do we really need a party that has not really defined itself to come and lead this country into the right direction? I respect a lot of older gentlemen in the APC like Gen. Muhammdu Buhari (rtd) and Chief Bisi Akande. But you don’t rub into the mud something that you aspire to attain. Journalists’ writings and newspaper publications are read all over the world. They are there on the internet. What do you think others will think of us when you say the Nigerian President behaves like a kindergarten? What do you think they will think of us? They are fathers to us. They are people that are supposed to lead us. But what will you say when you have elder statesmen who are touting words that are indescribable? I really think we need to be guarded on what we say. Dr Tafawa Balewa

  • UsaveOne

    Hahaha! I am just having a good laugh. 2015 must be interesting.

    check: …www.usaveone.blogspot.com

  • mustymash

    Really happy for you guys to see you awakening from your long sleep and ready to face the reality now. May God help Nigeria.

  • Madiba

    Instead of minding and managing their party the presidency through Doyin Okupe and co were every other day predicting various evil for APC while leaving their flanks open for their enemies to plant very wild oats. Now they are in deep shit. Did you guys see the president yesterday as these events unfolded. Such a pity. Looks like the villa has been infiltrated by traitors. Whether they like it or not,the earlier PDP realizes and appreciates that the initiators of APC (Buhari and Tinubu) have done their home work with solid road map with and high level of understanding the better for them. Not this talk talk!

  • JohnOtomi

    Super Story,we refuse to be deceived by Politicians who do not have our interest at heart.4 me “APC” or “PDM” will do no better than “PDP”.D earlier d masses c d hand writing on d wall d better.I m not supporting Mr President becos m 4m d south but m supporting Him cos of is achievement so far,coupled wit Boko Haram menace.It is only a blind man dat wil say Mr President has done nothing which is excusable probably cos of his sight.However i stand to corrected,if I may ask which other President in our history has done better than him presently?If they like, they should plot against Him but 2015 will decide cos they will be heart broken cos Nigerians know d truth.