ABUJA — THE crisis at the National Secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as the protagonists, yesterday, took another twist with Tukur’s Chief of Staff, Habu Aliyu Fari, who is at the centre of the feud, dismissing the threats of Oyinlola.
According to Fari, he was answerable to his boss, the PDP National Chairman and not the National Secretary, just as he said he had the authority, mandate and directives of the National Chairman in all he has done in the course of his duties.
The latest power tussle reared its head when Tukur, as gathered, was said to have mandated his Chief of Staff to respond to the letter from the national secretary, entitled: “Illegal Acts Prejudicial to the Interest of the Peoples Democratic Party” with reference number PDP NS 03/12.
As part of setting the records straight, Fari in the letter to Oyinlola and dated June 8, 2012, said: “All letters written by me including the one you mentioned were done and dispatched on the authority of the National Chairman.
“I sincerely believe that the correspondence was in good faith and without any calculated attempt to undermine your office as you misrepresented. For your information, there was no correspondence in effect carried out by me without directives of the National Chairman. You may wish to cross cheek in order to ascertain my source of authority.”
Fari while writing to the National Secretary copied President Goodluck Jonathan; Vice President Namadi Sambo; Senate President David Mark; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; Chairman of Governors’ Forum, Chibuike Amaechi; PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur and all members of the National Working Committee, NWC.
On adherent to PDP establishment manual
On the insistence by the National Secretary that the PDP establishment manual must be adhered to, Fari said: “I want to visit your persistent emphasis on establishment manual and your attempt to recognise it far and above the constitution of the party. In order to educate you substantially, the constitution came first above the establishment manual and any regulations governing the party.
“The establishment manual which we produced in the year 2000, before you joined the party, was with a singular intention to run the National Secretariat smoothly. The said establishment manual is currently under review. It was reviewed by the immediate past National Working Committee (NWC) without its adoption and approval by the National Executive Committee (NEC), hence its present review status. For the fact that the document is to be reviewed has given room for consistent inputs to accommodate new ideas for the best interest of our great party.”
Division within the NWC
On allegations that the office of the national chairman was prepared to cause a division within the NWC as well as settle some differences, Tukur’s Chief of Staff in the letter said: “It is most regrettable that in your capacity as the National Secretary, you listen and believe in speculations without substantiating and recourse to facts. I cannot imagine how we can set the National Working Committee (NWC) on collision course with the PDP Governors and how I intended to settle scores with staff of the National Secretariat over disagreement in the past. All these are unfounded allegations and were figments of your mere imaginations.
“I will like to remind you that my appointment as the Chief of Staff to the National Chairman was strictly at his pleasure. I do not think there is any guiding regulations or law that prohibits the National Chairman in doing so. I am certain that this is applicable to other appointments made by his Excellency, the National Chairman. I also wondered why you erroneously declared my Office as nonexistent. For what reasons and on whose authority.”