The Peoples Democratic Party has suspended its former chairman, Bamanga Tukur for instituting a suit against the current chairman, Adamu Mu’azu without first exhausting internal redress avenues.
Late September, Mr Bamanga Tukur, at the Federal High Court Abuja filed a claim arguing that he was forced to resign his post as the national chairman of the party in order for the seven defected governors to come back to the party.
On the 31st of August 2013, while the PDP Special National Convention was going on, the unexpected happened, after the speech by President Goodluck Jonathan with five of the PDP governors, Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara, Muazu Aliyu of Niger, Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto states, stormed out of Eagle Square, venue of the party’s convention in Abuja, to form a faction of the party.
Governors Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States, who were barred from attending the convention, also joined the other governors to form a factional PDP.
Some of them later decamped from PDP to the APC.
In his suit, Tukur further stated that the NEC of the party has no power to appoint the national chairman, adding that the votes and proceedings of NEC held at Wadata House on January 15 and 20 which deliberated on his resignation as national chairman and appointment of Mu’azu as chairman are a nullity.