A former Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has said governors opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan administration are behind the calls for the removal of the Peoples Democratic Party National Chairman, Dr. Bamaga Tukur.
Clark said the governors were working with the opposition to undermine Jonathan’s leadership.
The South-South leader stated this in a statement on Wednesday.
The statement read, “I have observed from the prints and the electronic media the many discordant calls from some party members, including some governors, who have conspired with the opposition to cause confusion in the Goodluck Jonathan administration to destabilise and undermine his government and the Peoples Democratic Party, hence the unwarranted call on Tukur to resign his position.
“It is most disturbing that the party machinery is being manipulated by disloyal party members in collaboration with the opposition.”
Clark alleged that the activities of some the governors amounted to “rebellion, sabotage and gross disrespect for the person and the office of the national chairman”.
Meanwhile, the Movement for Change and Empowerment in the PDP, on Wednesday, said any attempt to remove Tukur and others, would be sub judice and ultra vires.
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Mr. Kola Dakova-Vaughan, the group pointed to a suit pending before the Federal High Court in Abuja in which Justice Adamu Bello ordered the parties to maintain status quo.
The statement read, “As stakeholders and loyal members of the PDP, it is incumbent on us to draw the attention of leaders of our party, particularly, members of the National Executive Committee to a potential landmine that might make a mess of the efforts to resolve the internal crisis within our party.”