CRISES rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a different dimension as the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has bowed to pressure and sacked all his aides. According to him, the move became imperative because of the urgent need to reorganise his office for what he termed, service delivery.
This is the second time Tukur is firing his private staff, the first being the former Private Secretary, Habu Fari who due to the intrigues and fight between him and the former National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Fari was thereafter sacrificed by Tukur for peace to reign.
There was also pressure from members of the National Working Committee, NWC on Tukur to caution his aides against the backdrop that they were becoming very powerful and equating themselves to the position of elected members of the party’s leadership.
Eyes were particularly on the Principal Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Idah and Special Adviser, Political, Alhaji Ahmed Gusau who were always at all the functions and were always introduced, even as they attended the NWC meetings until members of NWC raised alarm.
In a statement Tukur personally signed yesterday, he sacked the former Inspector General of Police, Sir Mike Okiro who was until yesterday, the Special Adviser Security Matters to the PDP National Chairman.
Also affected were the Principal Secretary Senator Ibrahim Ida, Political Adviser Alhaji Ahmed Gusau, Special Adviser Electoral Matters Senator Saidu Kumo, Special Adviser Media Mohammed Ujudud Sheriff and
Special Adviser Economic Matters, Chief O. Akindele.
Others were Special Adviser, Inter Party Affairs, Alhaji Shittu Mohammed, Special Adviser Mobilisation Chief Ishola Filani; Special Adviser Monitoring, Bernard Miko; Special Adviser Governance, Osaro Onaiwo; Special Adviser General Duties; Prince Igwe Uche; Special Adviser National Assembly, Abdullahi Gumel and Special Adviser, Special Duties and Protocol Officer Saidu Sulaiman.
Tukur in the statement said, ‘’after one year in office, the political journey was interesting, challenging and I am better equipped in the general understanding and approaches of the operating system viz-a-viz the relationship between the party, Executive and Legislature which are important components of political governance.
‘’There is no doubt that the multiplier effect of Nigerian democracy has been quite impressive particularly in the general overview of the scenarios and encounters thus prevailing on the fact that my leadership as National Chairman shall be more strengthened and determined to move the party forward.
‘’Informed by this necessity to reorganise my office for service delivery, I therefore relieved all my political and personal aides of their appointments.”
He however thanked all the aides due their kind devotion, patience, cooperation and endurance in the course of serving the party.