Title: At last, Turkur resigns
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Bamanga Tukur, the Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party in Nigeria is resigned from office. According to President Goodluck Jonathan, Tukur has not committed any sort of offence, but that he is being moved to a “tougher” position. There is much speculation as to who will replace Tukur as National Chairman. Rumor has it that the President’s wife, Patience Jonathan, means to have Minister of Transport Idris Umar to replace Tukur, but the governors are opposed to that action. The National Executive Committee of the People’s Democratic Party will meet next Monday in order to select a new Chairman. The resignation went through the proper channels, and is set to continue without a hitch.
Though nothing terribly controversial or “wrong” has happened, the change in leadership brings many questions regarding the future of Nigeria and of the People’s Democratic Party. The People’s Democratic Party has been the dominant party in Nigeria since 1999. No doubt whoever the new chairman is will support the PDP’s predominance, but will he be a fit chairman? One possible outcome is that they just find a new guy and he does well and Nigeria and the PDP live happily ever after. Another outcome would be that he proves to be an unfit chairman, loses the PDP’s credibility, and, chain of events – blah blah blah, PDP loses control of Nigeria. Extreme, sure, but it’s entirely possible. Of course there are other possible occurrences that are not as exciting: New guy sucks and gets replaced; New guy is good, but… zombie apocalypse (or some other stupid thing). The fact of the matter is, change in leadership gives way to a host of possible events in the near future for Nigeria.