Akin Akande, Abuja
The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as he is not a registered and card-carrying member of the party.
The faction, which styles itself as the new PDP, said Tukur has no business being its National Chairman of the ruling party.
It disclosed that Tukur was expelled from the party in 2006 with nine others following disciplinary action taken against them for anti-party activities.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the faction said: “Since then, he has not officially returned to the party. All the records at our disposal show that Alhaji Tukur has not followed due process for his readmission into the party.
“He neither apply 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.
“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.”
The faction said reliable information reaching it from the PDP National Secretariat indicated that Alhaji Tukur was desperately seeking a way out of his predicament and had set about falsifying party records with regard to revalidating his membership through the back door.
Sunday’s statement read in part: “We wish to put him on notice that this is criminal and we hope he understands the consequences of his actions.
“In this regard, Alhaji Tukur’s continued occupation of the Office of PDP National Chairman is clearly fraudulent, illegal and unconstitutional.
“We hereby urge Alhaji Tukur to tow the path of honour and throw in the towel. This is the best option open to him,” it said.
The faction also warned Tukur that should he fail to heed the advice, it would have no other option than to appeal to both The Presidency and the PDP leadership to ease him of the party in the most diplomatic way to avoid hurting him so much considering his age, zeal and commitment to serve the party by offering a ministerial post to him.
Said the faction: “This is a good opportunity for The Presidency to demonstrate if it is serious about restoring peace and unity to the party.
“We hereby formally suggest the immediate recall of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu, who erroneously handed over to Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as the National Chairman of PDP, thinking he was a member of the party.
“This will enable Alhaji Kawu to organise a proper, unified convention that will usher in a duly elected National Working Committee of the party as early as possible to enable us face the business of positioning PDP as the ruling party come 2015,” the statement added.