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Why I quit PDP for APC – Atiku.


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After weeks of speculation, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, on  Sunday announced his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.  Mr. Abubakar said he is now a member of the opposition coalition, the  All Progressives Congress, APC, and that he will hand in his resignation  letter to the PDP on Monday.
Coming amid the turbulence that has since engulfed the ruling PDP for  months, the former vice president said he left the party because it has  “lost touch with Nigerians”, and has failed to resolve its many crises,  mainly instigated by its leadership.“We have, therefore, concluded that that party cannot be redeemed. In  short the PDP has abandoned Nigerians, the very people who gave it life  and many electoral victories,” the former vice president said in a  statement Sunday.Mr. Abubakar is leaving the PDP the second time, having quit the party  in 2006 at the peak of his standoff with then President Olusegun  Obasanjo ahead of the 2007 elections.He later joined the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, a party  that would later, in alliance with other opposition parties, transform  to the APC.Mr. Abubakar rejoined the PDP in 2009 after Mr. Obasanjo left office. He  said he did so as a new leadership of the party and the country had  promised a new direction, inclusiveness, internal democracy, an end to  impunity, adherence to the rule of law and respect for the dignity of  members and Nigerians.“Sadly, however, those promises have not been kept. In addition, the PDP  continues to be beset with many crises, mostly leadership-induced  crises,” he said in his statement on Sunday.Mr. Abubakar’s decision to quit the party the second time would hardly  be surprising having been one of the leaders of PDP who staged a walkout  from the party’s national convention in September 2013.That protest, backed by seven governors-five, whom have already defected  to the APC- was the first public demonstration of the bitter divisions  within the PDP. It culminated in the formation of a splinter group  called the new PDP, which later fused formally with the APC.The former vice president said months after, the party, as well, has failed to address the issues that led to the walkout.“Many founding members of the PDP, I included, continue to be  marginalized and excluded from the affairs of the party. For instance as  a former Vice President, I am by virtue of the PDP constitution, a  member of the party’s Board of Trustees and its National Executive  Committee,” he said.“However, I am not invited to the meetings of those organs nor consulted  on their decisions, apparently because I dared to exercise my right to  contest in the party’s primary election for a chance to be its  flag-bearer in the 2011 elections.”Mr. Abubakar remained largely passive with the activities of the PDP  after the walkout, and recently announced he was consulting on his  political future.The former vice president was later linked with a new party, the Peoples

Democratic Movement, PDM. He denied being a member of the party.But the PDM said on Sunday it was briefed by Mr. Abubakar about his  decision to join the APC, and thanked him for the consultation.Mr. Abubakar said his decision to join the APC was the “right decision”,  and may not be popular among his supporters. He said he considered  Nigeria first.“As in 2006 it is the struggle for democracy and constitutionalism and  service to my country and my people that are driving my choice and my  decision. Let me emphasize that this is not about me. We have to have a  country before people can aspire to lead it, but as it is today we may  be losing this country,” he said.He said the APC is a party of change committed to the improvement of the  lives of our people and to the continued existence and development of  Nigeria as one indivisible country.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Worried of Nigeria’s Collapse, Afenifere, CLO, Condemn APC’s Directive To Lawmakers.


 

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The  pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Friday condemned the directive issued  by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to its members in the National  Assembly to work against the interest of the Federal Government.
The  APC issued the directive in a communique issued at the end of its 8th  Interim National Executive Committee Meeting, Thursday in Abuja.
The committee had directed its members in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals.
Mr. Yinka OdunmakinIt  cited some of the legislative proposals to be blocked to include the  2014 Budget and the confirmation of all nominees to military and  civilian positions, pending the resolution of the crisis in Rivers State
Spokesman of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said that the directive was tantamount to shutting down the country.
“The most dangerous of the APC’s recommendation is encouraging its members to engage in things that may lead to instability.
“The APC fails to think of the implications of not passing the budget and its effect on Nigerian masses.
“Also,  if approval for the service chiefs is not given by NASS because of  political disagreements in a state, it may lead to mutiny.
“This recommendation is also coming at a time when Boko Haram is intensifying its activities in Nigeria.
“We condemn this directive in its totality because it is a threat to our democracy.”
In  his reaction, the Lagos State Chairman of the Civil Liberties  Organisation (CLO), Mr Ehi Omokhuale, described the directive as  insensitive.
“Politicians should limit their selfish fights to themselves.
“The APC wants to use its political interest to affect the welfare of Nigerian citizens.
“We do not support it and we demand that the party retraces its steps on this issue immediately,” Omokhuale said.
Also  speaking, Mr. Adesina Animashaun, the National Chairman of the  Patriotic Vanguard, a non-governmental body, said that the directive  might lead to anarchy.
“It is unfathomable how a party leadership could meet and issue such directive.
“The masses will definitely be at the receiving end and it will put Nigeria in a big crisis.”
He urged APC members in the National Assembly to disregard the directive and do what was right for “God and Man.
Rep.  Femi Gbajabiamila, the Minority Leader, House of Representatives,  however, disagreed, saying that APC members in the lower legislative  chamber would ensure the enthronement of good governance in Nigeria.
Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos), who made the pledge in an interview, stated that government shut-down was not new in party politics.
“Government shut-down or filibustering is nothing new in party politics world over,” he said.
The legislator explained that the common man had not benefitted adequately from previous budgets in the country.
“Of  what benefits has the passage of budgets been to the common man,” he  queried, adding that the extraordinary measures adopted by the APC would  ensure good governance.

APC We’ll return Rivers’ oil well if voted in.


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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised the people of Rivers State that it will ensure the return of all its oil well ceded to other states, if voted into power in the 2015 general elections.

This was even as the senator representing Rivers South-East gave reasons why the Governor of the state, Hon. Rotimin Amaechi, ditched the PDP for the APC. Rivers State Acting Chairman of the APC, David Ikanya, told the gathering at Eleme, during the inauguration of executive officers of the newly formed Save Rivers Movement, SRM, at Eleme Local Government Area, that should the party comes into power in 2015, it would correct all the injustices of the past.

He decried the injustice that have been done against the people of the state, saying the party would return all the oil wells that hitherto belonged to the state, but that has been forcefully transferred to other states.

“If voted into power in the next election, we shall ensure that all oil wells belonging to the state, which have been forcefully taken over by other states, are returned to the people of the state. We shall correct the injustice,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Down Stream) Senator Magnus Abe, has said that Governor Rotimi Amaechi, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rescue the people of Rivers State from injustice, persecution and alienation that has become increasingly worrisome in recent times.

Speaking at the Eleme inauguration ceremony, Abe lamented that Governor Amaechi and some well meaning leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, tried repeatedly to draw the attention of the National Working Committee, NWC, the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan to the injustice that was being meted out to the governor and the people of Rivers State to no avail.

Source: Radio Biafra.

New PDP Demands Immediate Resignation Of Bamanga Tukur, Says He Is Not A Party Member.


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The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday demanded the immediate resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the National Chairman of the party, saying he is not a registered and card-carrying member and so has no business holding office.

Alhaji Tukur was expelled from the PDP in 2006 along with nine others following disciplinary action taken against them for anti-party activities.  Since then, he has not officially returned to the party.

A statement signed by the spokesperson of the faction, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said that records available show that Alhaji 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 New PDP spokesman 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.

“Consequently, all the actions he has taken as the Chairman of PDP since his purported election in March 2012, including the illegal, contentious convention of August 2013, are null and void and of no effect.”

Chief Eze said that reliable information reaching the faction from the PDP National Secretariat indicates that Tukur is now desperately seeking a way out of his predicament and has set about falsifying party records with regard to revalidating his membership through the back door.

“We wish to put him on notice that this is criminal and we hope he understands the consequences of his actions,” he said, adding, “Alhaji Tukur’s continued occupation of the Office of PDP National Chairman is clearly fraudulent, illegal and unconstitutional.”

The faction urged President Goodluck Jonathan to settle Tukur with a ministerial appointment if he is desirous of finding him a job, and called for the immediate assumption of office by Baraje as the National Chairman of the party.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Inside the PDP By Seyi Olu Awofeso.


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No honesty of purpose once followed PDP’s interpretation of its own party constitution since 1999.
The party’s long-running dishonesty is now the cause of its current crisis – ignited to induce “zoning of the presidential office to the north in 2015” by other means.

Two years ago, northern Nigerian elites had warningly protested PDP ruses they saw trending. “Nothing has taken place in the nation’s political arrangement on the issue of zoning to warrant any shift in the position of the Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF). The NPLF therefore wishes to state categorically that it continues to believe in the propriety of its cause, that the 2011 presidency be zoned to the North, until justice is done,” NPLF had said in a communique issued on 15th February, 2011.

But the problem since then has been the rabid mutation of the interpretive meaning of “zoning”.

By creative explications of the term “zoning”, quite a few PDP officials have come up with definitions opposite to NPLF’s understanding of the zoning clause in PDP’s constitution. As it is, “zoning” now means just about anything inside PDP. For example, on November 12, 2012, “zoning” was given an entirely new and astonishing meaning by a federal Senator from President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state of Bayelsa; Senator Nimi Barigha-Amange.
According to him, “At the end of President Jonathan’s tenure, the next people to rule Nigeria should be the Igbo of the south-east. When we say power must shift, why are we restricting it to the North and South? We have six (6) geo-political zones and power must shift from one zone to the other; not from the south to the north. It can never be from the south to the north. When the south-south finishes its tenure, the presidency must then go to the Igbo in the south-east. After the south-east tenure, the presidency can go to the north-east. The Hausa-Fulani states in the north-west should not even think of the presidency until the year 2031.”

By PDP’s own machinations, “zoning” thus becomes a weapon for ethnic fights rather than a benign policy of ethnic peace it was designed for. And now, worse of all, as PDP’s interpretive crookedness mutates severally into virulent strands, the tragedy of Nigeria today is silhouetted, as each meretricious interpretation of “zoning” predictably fosters ethnic distrust in Nigeria.

Indeed, following the declaration of PDP’s National Working Committee in year 2010 stating that “zoning” means the constitutional right of President Jonathan to contest the 2011 election, and by inference his further right to re-contest a second term in 2015, moreso on the back of a subsequent decision of an Abuja High Court on December 1, 2010, the PDP mutilates a gentleman’s agreement to rotate presidential office between the north and south of Nigeria amongst the zones in either region in turns – as an objective interpretation of “zoning”.

Tellingly, two years ago, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, at the time the Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees gave an even more tortuous and mind-blowing interpretation of the “zoning clause” at article 7.2 [c] of the PDP Constitution, which Justice Lawal Gumi of the Abuja High Court had earlier declared on December 1st, 2010 as “binding on PDP despite that the zoning and rotation clause is not enforceable by a court of law since it falls within the internal affairs of a political party.”

According to President Olusegun Obasanjo’s own publicly-stated interpretation, “Zoning is un-constitutional. It is not part of our national (1999) constitution.”

Till date however, nobody inside the PDP has before or afterwards agreed with Obasanjo’s declaration of Article 7.2 [c] of the PDP Constitution as null and void – not even incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Since then though, ex-President Obasanjo has himself not repeated his declaration of the “zoning” clause in the PDP constitution as null and void.

The said article 7.2 [c] says:- “In pursuance of the principles of equity, justice and fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of rotation and zoning of party and public elective offices, and it shall be enforced by the appropriate executive committee at all levels,” but this law was never once obeyed since 1999 – and that’s what’s now come home to roost as PDP risks implosion from the first transgression sown by two northern presidential candidates who’d ignored PDP’s directive not to stand in the party presidential primary in the year 2003.

And now, for the first time in 14 years since monopolizing federal governance of Nigeria, PDP faces internal revolt it never experienced – except perhaps the party’s western split in 1999.

In 1999, the PDP had suddenly lost its entire south-west political leaders when Bola Ige led a walk-out of the party with the walk-away south-west leaders acidly deprecating PDP as “a political party functioning like a military barrack of retired ex-Generals and colonels.”

Last Saturday, 31st August, when 14 years later the PDP faced a similar walk-out but this time from its north-west members; four-fifth of which legislators on the party platform in the House of Representatives in the north-west including all eleven elected PDP members from Sokoto State, plus all legislators from Kano and Adamawa States, and some 46 others – including 11 out of the 13 legislators from Rivers State – it was déjà vu of a sort, although serious enough to weaken the party’s hitherto broad coalition.

For besides this legislative revolt, no fewer than five (5) north-west elected PDP state Governors also issued a similar public statement on 31st August, and went further to appoint a new PDP Chairman, all by themselves – ignoring all party procedures stated in the PDP constitution – requiring prior joint resolution for a national convention by both the party’s National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee.

“They are only trying to create an impression of factions in PDP so that all elected PDP legislators and Governors can then lawfully defect to another party without forfeiting their posts”, a PDP official hissed as he told the media that the dissenting north-west members are malicious in intent, although that was not saying anything new, since one of the five dissenting Governors, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State had since last month made clear that their plan is “to help bury the PDP and give it a decent burial.”

Contrastingly, the south-west leaders who’d initially split the PDP in 1999, and almost wholly excluded the party from Yoruba-dominated old western region of Nigeria, announced no similar grand plan “to kill the PDP for a decent burial.” Hence, the initial 1999 south-west fall-out in the PDP, although serious and electorally costly till now, is totally unlike the present revolt from mostly north-west PDP members who seem viscerally bent on killing the PDP – at least, according to their own declaration.

But despite Nigeria’s local media getting ahead of itself, neither the north-west dissenting members nor those others from Rivers, Kogi and Adamawa, have yet announced any immediate plan to quit the PDP. Rather, their stated plan is simply to “kill the PDP, whilst remaining inside it as catalyst.” Their exiting the PDP for a formal alliance with any of the opposing parties is far-fetched, as current facts stand.

Getting serious to kill the PDP as sole objective, the north-west dissenting members have lately taken one more step. They’ve reportedly filed a lawsuit, oddly in a Lagos High Court, asking for judicial declarations that the PDP has split; that factions have arisen, that elected members are free to move into any other party without losing their posts, and that the putative PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur holds office illegally for having been previously expelled without undergoing a re-admission process, before his supposed election as current party chairman.

Not done, the north-west PDP dissidents have expressly sought to overthrow the existing PDP leadership and take over the PDP. They have thus asked the Lagos High court to declare their own self-appointed Chairman, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, as the lawful PDP Chairman – notwithstanding anything in the PDP constitution.

Notwithstanding that INEC itself had witnessed the unanimous election of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as Chairman at PDP’s penultimate national convention, and approved Bamanga Tukur holding that office, the dissident north-west members still want a judicial declaration overriding all of these facts.

They press on regardless of the precedent of Nigerian courts never to interfere with a political party’s internal affairs – which include the admission by waiver of its own party members.

Local Nigerian media are reporting that the dissident north-west members have also separately delivered a 4-point demand to the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, 80-year-old Chief Anthony Anenih. One of it is a demand that under no circumstances must President Goodluck Jonathan present himself for PDP primary election in 2015, despite last year’s Abuja court order that President Jonathan is legally entitled under the 1999 Constitution, as amended, to present himself.

This particular demand to bar President Jonathan from contesting the 2015 primary election must have sounded to President Jonathan’s cabinet members like an attempted coup, and likely infuriated them to harden their own position by threatening severe punishment for the dissidents who’d made this particular demand.

Perhaps a dis-proportionate reaction, but the demand itself hardly sounds like a negotiation position, to be sure, because short of asking for Jonathan’s head there’s hardly any benefit in the demand of self-ban to induce President Jonathan’s voluntary acceptance. To the contrary, this self-ban demand grates President Jonathan’s long-stated position.

Since 13th June last year, Ahmed Gulak, a political adviser to President Jonathan had said, “God has given us President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria. He is the President of Nigeria today. He is not going to stay in office as President for more than eight (8) years. Nigeria belongs to us all and not to any individual.”

But partly because “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an agglomeration of interest groups formed around persons of prominence and power, which are loosely tied together by a desire to remain in office and maintain access to the “national cake” or resources of the Nigerian state,” according to the United States Embassy Charge d’ affaires, Ms. Lisa Piascik, who’d issued this descriptive statement on October 19, 2007, the concept of “zoning” in the PDP Constitution has continually been observed in breach, and usually invoked contradictorily, even by its stalwart defenders.

For instance, earlier this year, on 17th January, 2013, the Adamawa State Governor, Rear Admiral Murtala Nyako, whilst refusing to abide the argument that “zoning” precludes a state governor of PDP and a PDP Chairman from emerging from the same senatorial zone, had said, “There is no provision in the Constitution of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that says the governor of a state must not come from the same zone with the party chairman. The zoning system in Nigeria is only valid to nominate officials for appointments; not for elective offices. The idea of zoning is a PDP arrangement – which is not above the Constitution or the laws of Nigeria. Zoning is for appointive and not for elected offices.”

With “zoning” being disparately interpreted by each PDP official, the party is now unlikely to ever agree on what “zoning” means; to enable it answer the second question of whose interpretation of “zoning” will then bind the party – especially given that Justice Lawal Gumi who’d pronounced “zoning” as binding on PDP, had also rightly recused himself from declaring what “zoning” and “rotation” mean under article 7.2 [c] of the PDP constitution.
“PDP’s laws keep changing at night,” a diplomat said.
…………………………….Seyi Olu Awofeso is a Legal Practitioner in Abuja

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

PDP Crisis: Tukur Threatens To Declare Seats Of Defectors Vacant.


 

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By SaharaReporters, New York

Signs that the crisis engulfing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would abate are not in sight as the party and its splinter group have started trading words. The National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, described members of the splinter group, which called itself the New PDP and led by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, as impostors.

Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria‘s capital, on Wednesday, Tukur in company with other members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) threatened to declare the seats of members of the New PDP in the National Assembly vacant.
The New PDP, whose birth was announced on Saturday, originally had in its fold former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors elected on the platform of the crisis-torn party.

The governors are Alhaji Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano). Others are Mr. Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Alhaji Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).

As at Tuesday, 22 senators and 57 members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have joined the splinter group.

Tukur said: “There is only one lawfully recognised PDP and I am firmly in charge. Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last 14 years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.

“Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.”

According to a statement read and signed by the PDP national chairman at the press briefing, he said, “Gentlemen of the press, you are aware of the current developments in our great party. Our reason for being here is to inform you without any iota of doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party has no faction and there is neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise.

“The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) under my Chairmanship. I wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of NEC or any other organ of our party are impostors and I urge all Nigerians, especially the security agencies and other institutions of democracy to regard them as such.

“Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last fourteen years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.

“Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.

“We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.

“I wish to emphasize that the PDP has adequate mechanism for internal conflict resolution. All party members are therefore advised to ventilate their grievances through this medium. There is only one lawfully recognized PDP and I am firmly in charge.”

No questions were entertained at the press conference.

However, the factional Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje, reacting to Tukur’s threat said the New PDP was not surprised, adding that it showed how ignorant Tukur is in party politics.

According to him, “They are all jokers. They don’t know what is party politics. We are not surprised because they are ignorant of party politics. In any case, the process of declaring seats vacant or recalling members of National or State Assembly is well known in the constitution.

“To wake up and threaten that he is going to recall members supporting us, shows that he is not fit to be national chairman of PDP.”

I’m Fully In Charge of PDP, Claims Bamanga Tukur.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

Embattled National Chairman of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Bamanga Tukur, has declared that he is still in charge of the party.
Tukur proclaimed his tigritude at a press briefing in Abuja, where he threatened to declare vacant the seats of members of National Assembly hobnobbing with the rebel group, who on Saturday formed the ‘New PDP’ after walking away from the Special Convention of the party, dismissing it as rotten. They accused the party of having become more autocratic and increasingly undemocratic.

As the events took place, Tukur and President Goodluck Jonathan appeared stunned and speechless. Regaining his speech today, Tukur in turn described members of the New PDP are impostors, and as “undemocratic.”

“Our reason for being here is to inform you without any iota of doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party has no faction and there is neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise,” the heavily-criticized chairman declared.
He threatened that anyone who is not duly elected into any leadership position in the party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such a role to himself will be made to face the law.

“Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law. We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.”

Text of the press statement:
I’m fully in charge of PDP -Tukur

Embattled National Chairman of a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, has declared that he is still in charge of the party.
Tukur spoke at a press briefing innAbuja, where he also threatened to declare the seats of members of National Assembly hobnobbing with the rebel group, who went to form the New Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja in Saturday, vacant.

He said those who formed the New PDP are undemocratic and impostors.

Text Of Press Conference Delivered By The National Chairman Of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, CON At The PDP National Secretariat On Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Gentlemen of the press, you are aware of the current developments in our great party. Our reason for being here is to inform you without any iota of doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party has no faction and there is neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise.

The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) under my Chairmanship. I wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of NEC or any other organ of our party are impostors and I urge all Nigerians, especially the security agencies and other institutions of democracy to regard them as such.

Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last fourteen years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.

Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.

We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.

I wish to emphasize that the PDP has adequate mechanism for internal conflict resolution. All party members are therefore advised to ventilate their grievances through this medium.

There is only one lawfully recognized PDP and I am firmly in charge.

Thank you and may God bless you
Alhaji (Dr) Bamanga Tukur, CON
National Chairman

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