From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A chieftain of ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in North-west zone, Alhaji Ibrahim Suleiman Zango, yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to as matter of urgency remove the party’s Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu over the allegation that he was responsible for mass defection of PDP members to opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) in recent times.
The call, which was contained in a statement personally signed by Zango and made available to media in Kaduna, also suggested the replacement of Muazu by controversial former chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who he described as duly elected chairman by INEC.
He hinged his suggestion on the basis that current conflict between PDP Senators and the Presidency was as a result of the inability of Muazu to resolve the issue amicably.
According to him, crisis in the North-east and North-west zones could spell doom for the ruling party in the 2015 elections if not nipped in the bud.
The statement reads in part,” The present PDP national chairman, Adamu Muazu, was unconstitutionally imposed to replace Bamanga Tukur without proper consultation with stakeholders of the party.
“Massive defection of PDP members in the national assembly to APC was as a result of incompetent leadership of Adamu to reconcile aggrieved members of the party.
“Planned decamping of more PDP legislators in NASS from North to APC was aggravated by the inability of Muazu to initiate dialogue and resolve the crisis early enough.”