Jonathan asks Tukur to resign, says he won’t plead for him.
President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the Natioanal Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to turn in his resignation letter before the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 16.
This request followed the widespread agitations for Tukur's removal.
One of the allegations against the National Chairman is that he holds the National Working Committee (NWC) meetings at his Wuse 2 residence instead of the party’s Wadata Plaza headquarters.
Tukur’s supporters, however, have claimed that some of the NWC members were bribed in the tune of N30million to N40million each to lead the campaign for his sack.
The Chairman keeps saying he won’t quit office as he did nothing wrong.
A source close to the Presidency disclosed to Leadership yesterday that Jonathan held another stormy session with Tukur on Saturday to ascertain most of the allegations leveled against him by some members of the NWC at the meeting they had with the president on Thursday.
The source also said what indicted the seriousness of the situation around Tukur was that on Saturday it was the first time when Jonathan told Tukur he wouldn’t plead for him, and if he (Tukur) was aware he didn't have the majority members of the PDP NEC on his side, he should resign before the NEC on Thursday.
The member of the PDP NEC challenged Tukur to describe the particular progress the PDP made under his chairmanship.
An anonymous NEC member said before the NWC members’ meeting with the President on Thursday, they had individually and collectively complained to elders of the party about Tukur's management of the party.
Meanwhile, NWC members have vowed to boycott today’s meeting of the body called by Tukur. Multiple sources in the NWC confirmed that the needed quorum for the meeting would not be achieved.
According to the sources, three members out of the 12-man NWC would however be mandated to attend the meeting and hear him out.