Update: Opposition leader to help PDP resolve its Taraba crisis

Ousted PDP Chairman Bamanga Tukur ...

Taraba State is currently run by an acting-governor.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday set up a ‘fact finding committee’ on the crisis in its Taraba State chapter, with the National Chairman of the defunct Republican Party of Nigeria, Shittu Mohammed, as member.

The committee, which has a current senator, Hope Uzodinma, as chairman, was inaugurated by the National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, at the Wadata Plaza Headquarters on Monday.

The RPN is one of the parties de-registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, although its chairman has not stated that he has moved to the PDP. When asked why Mr. Mohammed was nominated, Mr. Tukur said it was in the interest of all Nigerians that the Taraba crisis be resolved.

The committee also includes President Goodluck Jonathan’s political adviser, Ahmed Gulak; and the Principal Secretary to Mr. Tukur, Abubakar Gada, who will serve as the secretary of the committee.

Other members are Bala Buhari, Richard King and Bolakojo Doherty.

In his remarks, Mr. Tukur said the inauguration of the committee was necessitated by the fact that Taraba State is currently being run by an acting-governor, Garba Umar.

The state governor, Danbaba Suntai, is currently receiving treatment at the John Hopkins University Hospital in the U.S. following a plane crash last October in which he was seriously injured.

Mr. Tukur added that the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, found it necessary to intervene “into the political condition generated by the crisis that followed the incident” and at its 336th meeting decided “to set up a 7-member committee to look into the situation of the state and report within two weeks.”

Terms of Reference

The National Chairman stated that the terms of reference of the committee include finding out and reporting the extent of the political harmony or otherwise among the key stakeholders within the ruling PDP family in the state.

The committee is also expected to interact and establish the most effective approach to reducing to the barest minimum, the fears of all the contending interests in the state as well as fast-tracking the process of constitutional adherence as it affects the current status of the office of the Governor of Taraba State.

Mr. Tukur also said that the committee is expected to ensure that the party in the state emerges stronger and more united in responding to all the partisan challenges arising thereafter.

The committee is also expected to consider and report any other matter that is in its opinion relevant to the resolution of the political condition in the state.

Responding, the chairman of the committee, Mr. Uzodinma, thanked the NWC for finding them worthy of the appointment while pledging on behalf of the other members, that they will live up to the expectation of the NWC.


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