A new national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to emerge on
Monday to replace Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who resigned his position on Thursday.
President Goodluck Jonathan who announced
Tukur’s resignation during the party’s National
Executive Committee (NEC) meeting said a new
national chairman would emerge on Monday.
Jonathan said Tukur personally submitted his
resignation letter to him on Wednesday night,
even as he handed the letter to the party’s
National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo right at
the meeting venue.
The President said Tukur resigned to allow peace
reign in the party, admitting that the former party
chairman bowed out amid internal crises. The
announcement was greeted with loud applause
by party members.
Promising to give Tukur a more challenging
appointment than that of party chairman, the
President said crises are normal in any
democratic setting and partisan environment.
Jonathan said: “We have some internal problems
that have been agitating the minds of people and
let us really thank the working committee led by
Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
“They have done very well; the chairman of our
party, we have all known. He didn’t just wake up
to be chairman of our party, he has paid his dues.
He had held several offices and worked for this
country and he has done very well.
“For us to make sure that we rest these issues,
the party chairman agreed to step aside. On
some of the issues that we have internally,
because I wouldn’t want to waste too much of
your time, myself and the chairman would leave
you and the deputy chairman will coordinate and
the meeting will progress to discuss other things.
“Myself and the chairman will go to the State
House for some issues that we need to discuss.
He is not guilty in anyway. I am going to give him
a tougher job than that of party chairman.”
On the myriad of internal crisis in the party, the
President said: “It is a political environment; if
these things are not happening, then the country
“We are going to meet again on Monday to get a
replacement from the North East zone, in line with
our party’s constitution.
“We are going to meet with key stakeholders to
get a man or woman that is acceptable to all.”
The President, who moderated discussions at the
meeting, declared that henceforth the various
party organs would be meeting regularly for the
purpose of tackling challenges as they arise.