Why I resigned as PDP Chairman – Tukur


The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur has finally opened up on what led him to resign his position after barely two years in office.

Tukur was forced to resign in January 2014 following mass exodus of PDP members, including five governors elected on the platform of the party, to the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former governor of defunct Gongola State, who will be 80 years next Tuesday, said at 80 years he is expected to speak the truth at all times.

He said at his pre-birthday press conference on Thursday that he resigned because what he preached went contrary to what members of the party wanted. He spoke about a year after leaving office.

“My views are such that what I believe in is what I will preach. I want election and people say they want selection. If the majority or the strong people in the PDP did not believe in it then the choice or the next thing for me to do was to leave.

“It is either I leave or they leave but I did not want them to leave so I decided to leave. At that time, people said I was preaching internal democracy instead of imposition. So it will be difficult for me to sit down and allow them to leave,” he added.

Tukur said if he had remained the National Chairman, PDP would have won the presidential election, adding: “When I was there I won elections and in the same vein, if I were there also I expect to win the election.”

He however, accepted that in democracy people decide who governs them.

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