PDP suspends former chairman, Tukur

Bamanga TukurImmediate past National Chairman of The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and another member from Adamawa State, Aliyu Abuba Gurin, have been suspended for one month.

Rising from the 395th meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) held on Wednesday, the party anchored its decision on the suit and counter suit filed by the duo against the National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.

The NWC faulted both Tukur and Gurin for not exploring the existing internal mechanism of seeking redress before going to court.

Tukur was elected Chairman in March, 2012 and resigned January this year to give way for Mu’azu.

“The NWC reasoned that for instituting a claim and counter claim in suit FHC/ABJ /821/2014; Gurin vs PDP & 3 others without first exploring and exhausting the party’s internal mechanism of redress and for attempting to stop the forthcoming National Convention to nominate the party’s presidential candidate as well as regularize the position of the National Chairman and other members of the National Working Committee is unacceptable.

“The NWC hereby suspends Dr. Bamanga Tukur and Aliyu Abuba Gurin for one month and refers them to the National Disciplinary Committee for infringing on section 58(1)(a)( b)( h)( l) of the PDP Constitution 2012( as amended),” a statement signed by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Barrister Victor Kwon stated.

It will be recalled that Gurin had approached an Abuja court to order Adamu Mu’azu to stop parading himself as national chairman and to stop the forthcoming national convention of the party.

On his part, Tukur had filed counter suit, seeking his reinstatement as the national chairman of the PDP, submitting that he was compelled to resign then.