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PDP FACTION: We will take BACK the PDP
Why we are taking over PDP from Jonathan, Tukur —
New Factional Chairman, Baraje by: Sani Tukur via Premium Times - August
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 not 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.
unending intrigues, the ruling Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) will today, elect
a new set of officials to replace its
National Working Committee (NWC) members
who resigned in June this year as a
result of discrepancies observed in the
manner of their election by the
The leader of
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election, but called him not to in order to
concentrate on his effort to transform the
country. Prof. Ben Nwabueze made this
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that a President should enjoy an extra day outside his four
years tenure. Jonathan has four year tenure, 2011-2015. Jonathan
had served for one year before he took Oath on winning the 2011
election. If we add this one year together with four years of
his present term, it means that at the end of his present tenure
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contest and wins in 2015, he would have served as President for
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prescribed for a President who has won election twice. It is
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more than what is prescribed by the Constitution. The
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office more than eight years at most. There is no tenure
elongation under any guise. The Supreme Court except under
extraordinary circumstances will never depart from the PRINCIPLE
it has laid down in the GOVERNORS' case. Jonathan has obviously
found himself in a legal quagmire which only the Court will
entangles come 2015. Jonathan cannot eat his cake and have it.
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far reaching electoral reform to usher in a FREE, FAIR &
TRANSPARENT ELECTION in 2015. He should shun the advice and
advocacy of sycophants and ethnic champions such as EDWIN CLARK.
When Clark is talking about NIGER DELTA or SOUTH/SOUTH he is
only thinking about his IJAW ETHNIC nationality.
The Fulani Empire of Sokoto was the last of the five great empires that rose and fell in the Sudan between the eighth and twentieth centuries. It was founded by three men of the same family, and it developed a society which, in its heyday, was perhaps better governed and more highly civilized than any other that Africans had until then evolved
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