Plot against Nyako: Tukur’s son splits PDP
•Stakeholders threaten protest vote, root for APC’s Ribadu
•Nyako’s son, Hong, Gulak, Fintiri, favoured as deputy governor
There is trouble in the Adamawa State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) arising from its alleged plot to impeach Governor Murtala Nyako.
The party is sharply divided over moves to make Awwal Tukur, son of the immediate past national chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, deputy governor should the plot against Nyako succeed.
Alleged plans by the elder Tukur to make Awwal the PDP governorship candidate in the state next year were partly responsible for the crisis that forced him out of office.
The presidency and the PDP want Nyako axed on the strength of a recent memo he wrote to his fellow northern governors on the security challenges in the north, particularly his claim that the federal authorities were carrying out genocide against the north in the anti-Boko Haram military campaign.
The memo, in the view of presidency officials and the security agencies that studied it, constitutes a threat to national security.
Barring a change of heart, impeachment proceedings against Nyako are expected to commence within the next two weeks.
Those involved want the matter dealt with expeditiously and are already lining up who gets what once Nyako is out of the way.
The constitution stipulates that the deputy governor (in this case Mr. Bala Ngilari) should take over once his principal is impeached.
But who becomes his deputy has become a big issue in the PDP with many stakeholders demanding an end to Tukur’s stronghold on the party in the state.
The PDP stakeholders are also threatening to resort to protest vote in 2015 in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) which is trying to build consensus around a former Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
They say Ribadu has a better profile than Ngilari.
Investigation by our correspondent revealed that some PDP leaders in the state are opposed to the removal of Nyako because it might affect the fortunes of the party in Adamawa.
It was gathered that the leaders, who met on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Yola and Abuja decided to send representation to President Goodluck Jonathan to shelve the idea of removing Nyako because of the ethnic crisis it might generate in the state.Although the PDP stakeholders agreed that there are enough grounds to impeach Nyako, they were also of the view that the Fulani hegemony in the state will not accept any change now.
It was learnt that most PDP stakeholders, including 13 members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly, prefer Nyako completing his term in office.
Findings also revealed that PDP stakeholders are split over plans to make Awwal Tukur the next deputy governor if Nyako is impeached.
The former National Chairman of PDP had been scheming for his son to be the governorship candidate of the party in Adamawa State in 2015.
The scheming caused disaffection between Bamanga Tukur and PDP stakeholders leading to defection to APC in the state.
It was gathered that the stakeholders are still opposed to Awwal Tukur as deputy governor in spite of his antecedent as a former member of the House of Representatives like Ngilari.
Some stakeholders have recommended a former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong; ex-Political Adviser to the president, Ahmed Gulak, the current Speaker of Adamawa House of Assembly; and Nyako’s son, AbdulAziz, as the next deputy governor.
A highly-placed source said: “The impeachment plot against Nyako might fail because even among ourselves we are divided along ethnic and religious lines. Irrespective of the sins committed by Nyako, the Fulani (who are in the majority) will not take kindly to the sack of the governor.
“Already the Fulani and Muslim leaders have been calling members of the House of Assembly one by one to reject the plot by the presidency and PDP. About 10 to 13 members of the Assembly may oppose the impeachment bid based on the persuasion of the Fulani.
“Some members of the Assembly have been telling Fulani leaders that the presidency and PDP had been persuading them to impeach Nyako.”
Another source, who spoke in confidence, confirmed the disagreement among Adamawa PDP stakeholders on plans to remove Nyako.
“The source said: “Some of us in PDP are looking at the larger picture. If the presidency and the PDP go ahead to remove Nyako, it will lead to protest vote by the Fulani in 2015.
“With this development, APC will convincingly win the state if it reaches consensus on ex-EFCC Chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu as its candidate.”
“It is impossible for Ngilari to beat Ribadu, who is a Fulani and an accomplished anti-graft Czar.
“This plot requires being tactical. Even if PDP heats up the state with the impeachment threat, APC might still have the upper hand.”
A third source said: “The plot is beclouded by disagreement over the choice of the next deputy governor. Our former National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is seeking the ticket for his son, Awwal Tukur.
“Some stakeholders are saying we should bring in Nyako’s son, AbdulAziz to appease the Fulani and earn grassroots support for the impeachment.”
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