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Tukur dismisses plan to remove him from office

20 August 2013, 11:15

Abuja - The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said there was no plan to remove him from office as reported in some news media.

Tukur, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, said he was never under any pressure to resign as reported.

"Let me reiterate that I am not resigning and I have no intention of doing so as an elected National Chairman of PDP.

"I accepted to become chairman based on my conviction that I can use my wealth of experience to help my party and my country.

"I am not looking for anything at my age other than putting it on record that God has helped me and I am using the opportunities to serve Nigerians to the best of my abilities’’, Tukur said.

He maintained that he would not relent in using his office to bring peace into the party.

He appealed to members of the party to join hands to face the challenges confronting it.

"If we must remain the strongest party that we are in Africa, it is high time we buried the hatchets and then begin to close ranks.

"To do otherwise is to yield the grounds to the propagandists who have been masquerading as our opponents even with the nebulous interest of getting power in 2015.

"I will never make a fuss by subjecting the process of resignation from PDP to media hype and needless conjectures", Tukur said.

He said he had a cordial relationship with President Goodluck Jonathan and other elders of the party.

He also said that he had been strategising with the party leadership on the need to address the challenges facing it.

Tukur said he was aware of the antics of some members who had been funding negative media reports on the party`s activities.

He added that such antics would amount to naught, because according to him, sponsors of such reports would not go far.

He said the media had come of age in observing the tenants of journalism anchored on fairness thorough investigation, but had made several failed prediction about him since assuming office.

"Such reports had exposed the inadequacies and lack of depth and professionalism of such media houses.’’



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