President Jonathan announces Tukur’s resignation
The PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, on Thursday in Abuja, formally resigned his appointment amidst crisis within the party.
Tukur`s resignation was announced by President Goodluck Jonathan at the party`s 63rd National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
“We have some internal problems that has been agitating the minds of the people and let us really thank the party National Working Committee (NWC) headed by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
“He did not just wake up to be the chairman of our party, he has paid his dues, he has held several offices and worked for this country and he has done very well.
'`And for us to make sure that we rest these issues, the party chairman agreed to step aside,'' the president said.
The subsequent announcement of Tukur`s resignation by President Jonathan was greeted with a standing ovation.
“He is not guilty in any way; in fact, I have to give him another assignment that is tougher than handling PDP.
“This is because we need people like Bamanga Tukur to market this country and the PDP.
“He has been doing that in the platform of African Round Table but we need a tougher job than the African Round Table for him,'' Jonathan added.
He, consequently, called on Gov. liyel Imoke of Cross River to formally move a motion to accept Tukur`s resignation which was seconded by Sen. Abdul Ningi.
Jonathan further announced that the party NEC should take a decision to hold another meeting on Jan. 20 to formally inaugurate a new national chairman for the party.
This, he maintained, would be based on the party`s constitution, adding that the new chairman would come from the North East according to the party`s zoning principle.
“Within this period from now to Monday, we will look among ourselves particularly our leaders from the North East for a new chairman,'' he said.
The president expressed the need to select someone that would be acceptable to all party members and with the qualities to lead the party to greater heights.
“For that reason, between now and Monday that we will meet, I will meet with relevant stake holders and see how we can get such a person that will be acceptable by all of you.
“Because when we come here that day and you say no, there is nothing we can do that is why we must take time to look for a man or a woman that will lead the party.
“And I believe that those who will consult collectively will not disappoint this house,'' the president said.
He described as normal the defection of some of the party`s members to the opposition, adding that the development was not a thing the party should worry itself about.
Jonathan said that as long as the parties continued to work together and do things together, it would remain the best party in the country.
He expressed hope that from ongoing discussions, some of the party members who defected to the opposition would return to the party soon.
He added that the party would hence forth be holding regular meetings, the party`s governors would now be meeting monthly to strategies on how to improve the party`s fortune.
He also said that the party caucus and the Board of Trustee (BoT) meeting would now hold every quarter while its NEC would meet more regularly now.
“That would make us here at the centre to interact more with the state party chairmen and other party officials as well as the governors to think about the party.
“This is to see how we can collectively drive its machinery.
“The people want to see the PDP very affective because if we are not holding meetings, they will think that people have over taken us, nobody can over take PDP,'' he said.
He assured that the PDP led government at all levels would continue to give the people the true dividends of democracy.
The president challenged the opposition to assess the present PDP administration with previous government.
According to him, this government has done very well in the interest of the country.
He said that the PDP government was committed to its vision of ensuring positive change at all levels.
He tasked party members to remain faithful, adding that the party would continue to grow stronger from today.