The presidency on Monday clarified that President Goodluck Jonathan cannot just remove national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur, as doing so without following laid down processes and provisions of the constitution as well as the Electoral Act would amount to acting outside the ambit of the law.
Special Adviser on political matters to the president, Ahmed Gulak who gave the presidency's position also expressed surprise that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was seriously indebted to the party has chosen to be among those tearing the PDP down instead of showing gratitude by protecting it.
Addressing State House correspondents at the presidential villa, Gulak said, "I am surprise because Atiku is supposed to know more than another person that there is no party like PDP. He left PDP and went to ACN and he came back to PDP, because he discovered that outside PDP there is no party, so he had to come back and he was even given the waiver to contest the primaries election in 2011.
"Atiku should be grateful to PDP. Atiku is indebted to PDP and the best way to continue to pay the debt is to protect PDP."
Asked whether the seven governors who broke away from the party requested the removal of the PDP national chairman, the political adviser said, "You cannot remove the national chairman like that. He was elected and you will remember that of all the offices, INEC observed that only the positions of the national chairman and the financial secretary were properly done and that was why we had to do the special national convention to properly elect the other officers," he said.