President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday continued with his initiative to restore peace in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has been wracked by a crisis of confidence, which has pitted the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, against governors of the party and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
Jonathan, as part of efforts to save Tukur from being removed from office by the governors who formed a powerful bloc in the party, met with them at the State House. His peace bid seemed to have yielded dividends as the governors at the end of the meeting with the president reaffirmed their confidence in Tukur’s leadership of the party.
Members of the PDP NWC, who on Tuesday staged a palace coup against the party chairman over his handling of the crisis in the Adamawa State chapter of the party, also passed a vote of confidence on Tukur’s ability to successfully lead the party. The governors and Tukur have been locked in a battle over the dissolution of the Adamawa State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party. Tukur is from the state. The crisis took a turn for the worse on Tuesday when 10 out of the 12 members of the party’s NWC met without Tukur to reinstate Alhaji Umaru Minjiyawa Kugama as the chairman of the party in the state.