THEWILL Exclusive: Tukur's Letter Of Resignation To Be Read At PDP NEC Meeting Thursday


President Mute On Successor BEVERLY HILLS, CA, January 15, (THEWILL) -  Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the embattled Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tendered his letter of resignation to President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday and appealed to the President not to humiliate him out of office, THEWILL can authoritatively report.

Tukur's disengagement from the party is being managed by the President in order to save him from disgrace, one influential member of the party with knowledge of the arrangement told THEWILL Wednesday.

The source said: 'It is correct that our Chairman tendered his letter of resignation to the President today (Wednesday) and begged the President to help manage his ouster so that he is not shamed.

'This is why we didn't issue any categorical statement on the Chairman after the Caucus Meeting, the Governors Meeting with Mr.

President as well as the BoT meeting.
' The letter will however be made public at the meeting of the party's National Executive Committee (NEC), THEWILL can exclusively report.

THEWILL gathered that at Thursday's NEC meeting a motion on Tukur's resignation will be formally announced, seconded and thereafter approved by NEC.

'Tukur will be given a respectful exit.
All this is just to save him from disgrace.
Members will thank him for his service and accept his resignation.

It is a new dawn for the PDP,' the highly placed senior party man told THEWILL.

Earlier on Wednesday, in spite of the widely reported news of his resignation, Tukur through his spokesman refuted the reports.

Though technically still chairman of the party till Thursday, THEWILL can report that he did attend the meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) which held inside the Presidential Villa on Wednesday night.

He however did not attend the Caucus meeting of the party as well as the PDP Governors meeting with President Jonathan, which our source said he usually doesn't attend.

THEWILL recalls that Tukur had boasted to journalists on Tuesday that only a credible convention of the party could remove him from office, saying not even the NWC, NEC or the President can.

THEWILL can also exclusively report that President Jonathan has not made up his mind on who will replace Tukur as National Chairman.