The party member questioned Mr. Tukur’s ability to settle the rift in the party.
There will be no successful reconciliation among aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party across Nigeria as long as Bamanga Tukur remains the party’s national chairman, an Adamawa based politician and rights activist, Sulieiman Baba Jada, has said.
Mr. Jada, who answered questions from journalists in Yola on Wednesday, described the three “R” programmes – reformation, rebuilding, and reconciliation- of Mr. Tukur as a charade and based on selfish interest. He claimed the PDP chairman has brought more crises to the party since he assumed office in 2012 and has not succeeded in any reconciliation.
“I challenge Tukur to declare to the PDP members and political class across the nation those he had reconciled since he came to power as leader of one of the most formidable political parties in Nigeria,” the politician said.
Mr. Jada said though he is a member of the PDP and has known Mr. Tukur for over 50 years, he decided not to participate any further in the PDP activities because the party leadership under Mr. Tukur was shrouded in lies and lacks sincerity in its political and administrative directions.
He said the PDP chairman has failed to even reconcile his party members in Adamawa, his home state, saying he cannot do same in other states of the federation. He claimed Mr. Tukur has no grassroots support in the state but was only resting on the popularity of people like Joel Madaki, the state chairman of Mr. Tukur’s faction of the PDP.
“How can Alhaji Bamanga Tukur claim to be reconciling Nigerians when he has a different agenda for being in the corridors of power? How can he also rebuild?” Mr. Jada asked.
Mr. Jada also questioned the infighting between Governor Murtala Nyako and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. He said the former vice president, being one of the most respected indigenes of the state and a former supporter of Mr. Nyako, should have settled his differences with the governor; while questioning the 50 Adamawa elders who allegedly publicly questioned the direction Mr. Nyako was towing in the state.
“Why could 50 persons not prevail on a single individual? As a politician of note, Atiku should have had a personal audience with Nyako because he was among the prime mover that endorsed the candidature of Nyako,” he said