Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 January 2014

Nigeria: I Have Not Resigned - -Tukur

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PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur.

National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has denied reports that he has agreed to step down.

Tukur who made this known when some party leaders paid him a visit in Abuja late Tuesday afternoon said he was shocked to be told that some on-line media were making speculations about his resignation stressing that he never planned to resign.

He said reports of the purported resignation was sponsored by those he described as desperate hawks within and outside the party to pull down the structure of the ruling party and destroy his leadership.

Tukur said he had done everything practicable to pull the PDP on track as well as keep the agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan for transforming Nigeria away from distraction, a reason he said he was undergoing tribulations

He blamed those he described as agents of discords within and outside the party as the masterminds of the seemingly intractable crises within the party.

He said as an elderstatesman, as the Chairman of PDP with high repute and as a Nigerian leader with international exposure, he would never subject his resignation, at any point, to newspapers speculation.

He said, "You all met me here talking to you as the PDP Chairman, yet, some enemies of the party went to the media to say I had resigned. It is unbelievable that party members could be mean, vile, treacherous and vindictive while playing such stunt.

"This is not the first time they would do this. They had sponsored media reports severally to say I had resigned. Yet Almighty God has continued to shame them because, they were not the ones who kept me on this seat.

"They went further to sponsor media reports that I was to confront our President over an issue they could not expatiate on. The agents of darkness have taken over the place. Nigeria and members of our party should beware. I am in good term with Mr President, the leader of our party. We met often and take strategic decisions together. No one, not even the devil can make me be in needless confrontation with the President. We are one in the spirit and the enemies would be shocked to see PDP back on stream"

The PDP chairman said he was aware that the plot to remove him was being orchestrated, adding that he would keep his head up, whereas those behind the plot to hack him down would one day realise that they were pursuing a wrong cause.

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