PDP Convention: President Jonathan suffers political disgrace

Bamanga Tukur

President Goodluck Jonathan was served a huge dose of political humiliation today as governors from the North-East geo-political zone conspired to reject his anointed candidate for the national chairmanship of the governing Peoples Democratic Party.

The national chairmanship position has been zoned to the North-East. 

At the PDP zonal congress in Bauchi, which ended a while ago, Mr. Jonathan’s candidate for the position, Bamanga Tukur, was defeated by a far younger and less popular Musa Babayo, who was the immediate acting national secretary of the party.

Mr. Babayo scored 14  delegate votes to Mr. Tukur’s two.

Mr. Jonathan has worked hard in the past weeks to rally zonal and national support for Mr. Tukur, a septugenarian, who believe the top PDP position should be for the elderly.

Announcing the result in Bauchi, the outgoing National Vice Chairman, North-East, Paul Wampana, said a former Ministers of Interior, Shettima Mustapha and Federal Capital Territory, Ibrahim Bunu also scored two votes each.

Others, such as the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Rufai Ahmed Alkali, and a former governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Adamu Muazu, scored one vote each.

Senator Girgiri Lawan from Borno State was elected as Mr. Wampana’s successor.

Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) Danbaba Suntai  (Taraba) and host,  Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) were all on hand to lead delegates from their states to reject the president’s choice.

It is not yet clear if Mr. Tukur, who is tipped to emerge chairman,  would withdraw from the race, having been defeated in his home zone.  But he is at liberty to remain in the race until the convention to see if other zones would vote for him.

His spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comments.

Sources informed Premium Times that Mr. Tukur may have paid the price of refusing to participate in both the ward and state congresses held in his native Adamawa State, leading the delegates to conclude that he was not bothered about what goes on at the grassroots level of the party.

In what was clearly his most obvious public show of support for the aspiration of Mr. Tukur, a former governor of the old Gongola state, Mr. Goodluck Jonathan had on March 12 met with governors of states in the North-east geopolitical zone alongside Mr. Tukur.

But even after the meeting the governor of Mr. Tukur home state of Adamawa, Murtala Nyako, refused to give any public endorsement to the aspiration of the chairmanship candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  • debbeljo

    Excellent job, this man is too old for this position. By 2015, he will be exactly 80 years old. If mistakenly elected as chairman, how will he stand the heat of presidential campaign across the nation?

  • nasiru gwadabe

    Democracy in action. it is high time for old cargos to give way to newbreeds who have the focus and vision for their dear country. kudos to the north-east governors who stand firm against the imposition of an un popular candidate. keep it up

  • Adamus2g

    Is is just too bad for Nigerian youths if at this time we will ralying round an 80 year old for party chiarmanship, for how long shall we wait for our turn to be on the decision table?

    • Dee

      starting with buhari ,ibb etc

  • kiyawa

    I hope it is a sign of positive to come not hyppocrasy.

  • Don’t be carried away guys. PDP is an unusual amorphous organisation. Wait until the convention is over to know who will emerge.

  • Sadiq88

    JONATHAN WATCH OUT, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINING OF THE END

  • Bs3chigero

    That was an excellent one from that zone, we are begining to realise our past mistakes.

  • Asskzr65

    It is now time for the old class to give way for new breed to fit into the nation polity

  • Ken_Mani

    I cannot understand what is DISGRACE in this news. This is a democracy and I will like to know if it is a disgrace to loose in an election? Was it a disgrace when Atiku, IBB, Buhari, Gusau and many other Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani contested elections and lost? Was it a disgrace when the do nothing, contribute nothing, eat everything available and leave nothing for others, diseased, illiterate and poorly educated, murderous Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani parasites and leeches ganged up under Adamu Ciroma to halt Jonathan but failed woefully?. The writer of this article must be a poor thinker suffering from severe down syndrome characteristic of the Northern Muslim Hausa Fulani parasites and leeches.

    • Nuraddeena

      ken_mani what this article has to do with muslims hausa-fulani or northerners. you are right it is not a disgrace in democracy to loose in an election, but you went extra mile in your comment to let slip what is deep in your heart-hatred to Northern Muslims Hausa-Fulani. sorry for U.

    • Yugarba

      You are nothing but a nin-com-poop who cannot decipher what issues are and not sentiments.

  • Baba yalwan Kagadama

    @Ken_Mani you are only a religious and ethnic bigoty, nothing more than that. You hetred towards Muslim Hasa-Fulani and the entire North will continue remaining in your heart and continue hurting your heart until you ende up in a serious hypertension and finally stroke. Muslims Hausa-Fulani are better than your so called leaders who do not have any experience to lead, please take Jonathan as an example. The country is now bwcoming ungovernable due lack of leadership capabilities.

    • Dee

      @baba because boko haram is throwing bombs in the north that is why you think nigeria is ungovernable.All you northerns re myopic in thinking.

  • Lawal Suraj

    Abeg, let Baba go and rest. Please, let there be some change, perhaps things may improve. May God help Nigeria. Amen.

  • GLADYS

    THIS IS WHAT WE ARE SAYING. PEOPLE SHOULD GET TO KNOW THEIR PEOPLE FROM THE GRASS ROOT, THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY WILL KNOW YOUR PLANS AND INTENTION FOR THEM. HOW CAN I VOTE THE PERSON I KNOW NOT HIS INTENTION FOR ME. THERE IS A SAYING THAT GOES LIKE THIS “THE DEVIL YOU KNOW IS BETTER THAN THE ANGEL YOU DONT KNOW”

  • Sadiq Umar

    folks,Tukur will still win as long as money and power controls the conscience of Nigerian politicians

  • Umar Muktar

    Ken Mani i dont think you are enlighten go and read Nigeria’s history so that you will understand were the whealth starts coming from. How do you classify Niger Delta militants who are busy kidnapping and killing people. Diseased, illiterate and poorly educated am sure you have them in your family, tell me were you dont have them in Nigeria. Do you think Jonathan won the last election am sure yuo are daft.

  • Malums2007

    Senator Gigiri Lawan is from Yobe State not Borno State please