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PDP Suspends Bamanga Tukur For Attempting to Unseat Muazu

From Ganiyu Nasirudeen

After failing in his suit to unseat the incumbent National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu ‘azu, the National Working Committee (NWC), of the party (PDP), has suspended its former Chiarman Alhaji Bamangar Tukur.

The decision was reached by the party’s NWC 395th meeting, which held Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

The crucial meeting, according to a statement issued Thursday by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, “reviewed recent national developments as they affect the party” among of which was the court case instituted against the National Chairman of the Party, Adamu Mu’azu, by his former counterpart, Tukur..

“Among others, the NWC deliberated on 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” revealed the Kwon.

PDP NWC at the meeting, pronounced the sanction against its former national leader and Aliyu Abuba Gurin for one month, while referring them to the National Disciplinary Committee for infringing on section 58(1)(a)( b)( h)( l) of the PDP Constitution 2012( as amended).

Recall that a suit instituted by an aspirant to the House of Representatives from Adamawa State, Aliyu Buba Gurin, seeking to unseat Muazu was on Tuesday dismissed by an Abuja federal court.

Bamanga Tukur, who was the second defendant in the suit, brought a counter claim supporting all the reliefs sought by the plaintiff.

Delivering his judgment, the trial judge, Justice Evoh Chukwu held that the plaintiff lacked the legal right to institute such suit on the ground that the interest he canvassed was not different from that of every other member of the party.

He also dismissed the counter affidavit brought by Tukur, seeking his reinstatement, saying “the defendants in this suit have complied with Section 47 of the party constitution by appointing Mu’azu from the same geographical region of the resigned chairman.”



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