Resign Now: New PDP Tells Tukur

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The Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, alleging that he is not a registered and card-carrying member of the party.
A statement yesterday, signed by the faction’s National Publicity Secretary, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, therefore, insisted that Tukur has no business being the PDP national chairman.
According to the statement, “Tukur was expelled from the PDP in 2006 with nine others following disciplinary action taken against them for anti-party activities,” adding that “since then, he has not officially returned to the party.
“All records at our disposal show that Tukur has not followed due process for his readmission into the party. He neither applied for, nor obtained the requisite waiver by the National Executive Committee of the party before offering himself for election into the office of national chairman in 2012”, the breakaway faction said.
“This makes his membership incurably defective and his emergence as PDP’s national chairman null and void and of no effect whatsoever since he is the product of a flawed process”, the new PDP noted.
The faction stated that “all the actions he has taken as the chairman of PDP since his purported election in March, 2012, including the illegal and contentious convention of August 31, 2013, are null and void and of no effect”.
The faction alleged that following this development, Tukur is reportedly seeking a way out of his predicament and has started making efforts at revalidating his membership through the back door, and cautioned that such action was unlawful and could result in criminal proceedings in a court of competent jurisdiction.
In this regard, the new PDP said that Tukur’s continued occupation of the Office of PDP National Chairman was clearly fraudulent, illegal and unconstitutional, and urged him to tow the path of honour and throw in the towel.
The new PDP also suggested the immediate recall of Abubakar Kawu Baraje, who erroneously handed over to Bamanga Tukur as the national chairman of PDP, on the premise that Tukur was a member of the party, arguing that “this will enable Kawu Baraje to organise a proper, unified convention that will usher in a duly elected National Working Committee of the party as early as possible and position PDP as the ruling party come 2015.”

Vice President, Namadi Sambo (right), presenting an award to Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State during the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja last Saturday
Vice President, Namadi Sambo (right), presenting an award to Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed of Kwara State during the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration in Abuja last Saturday