Tukur Refutes Plan To Destabilise Taraba State

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Akin Akande, Abuja

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Thursday refuted allegations against him that he wanted to destabilize Taraba State through a panel constituted by the leadership of the party.

PDP had last month constituted a panel headed by Senator Hope Uzodima to investigate the political tension generated by the long absence of Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State because of the injuries he sustained in an air crash last year.

Inaugurating the seven-man panel, Tukur listed the terms of reference of the committee to include reporting the extent of the political harmony or otherwise among the key stakeholders within the ruling PDP family in the state and also to interact and establish the most effective approach, to reduce to the minimum, the fears of all the contending interest in the in the state among others.

According to a statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the PDP Chairman, Prince Oliver Okpala, Tukur said that the attention of his office had been drawn to an open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan by a group, which called itself Southern Taraba Patrotic Front alleging how he planned to destabilise Taraba state through a Panel.

Tukur said that the panel is a brainchild of the PDP, and was set up by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, adding that the terms of reference of the panel and the inauguration of the panel were done in his capacity and position as Chairman of the party.

He added that the panel was not set up for witch-hunting, pointing out that the idea behind the panel was to identify with the good people of Taraba State in what has become a serious constitutional matter.

The Chairman further said that the PDP has ways and means of addressing complaints and grievances of members and urged the authors to avail themselves and explore those avenues before going to press.