UPDATE: I’ve not resigned – Tukur

Embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has for the umpteenth time denied reports that he has resigned as the crisis in the ruling party shows no sign of abating.

Tukur, who was reacting to speculations in the social media that he had finally thrown in the towel ahead of Thursday’s NEC meeting where his fate is expected to be decided, expressed shock at the reports, saying it was floated by those he described as hawks within and outside the PDP desperate to pull the party down.

He stated that he found it incomprehensible that certain members of the party could go to the extent of concocting lies against his person just to actualise their inordinate ambitions preparatory to the 2015 general elections.

The embattled party chairman party noted that he had done everything within his powers to pull the PDP back on track, as well as to keep the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan away from distraction, a reason he cited as the root cause of all his political travails.

Invoking the name of God to bear him witness that those calling for his ouster had no genuine grouse against him, Tukur stressed that was not planning on resigning and he has not told anyone he plans on doing so.

According to him, with his position as national chairman of the ruling PDP, he would never subject his resignation to newspaper speculation.

Tukur, who made this known when he received a group of party leaders at his Abuja residence on Tuesday, said of the rumors concerning his purported resignation: “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 some 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, the 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. Nigerians and members of our party should beware.

“I am in good terms 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”.

Tukur also expressed dismay over another report that he had dared President Jonathan over the plot to remove him from office.

He said there was no reason for such confrontation because the president was never part of the plot to unseat him, adding that “besides, the President has been a jolly good fellow to me; a brother, a leader of the party and my greatest confidant”.

Tukur vowed to keep fighting because sooner or later those behind the plot to remove him from office would soon realize that they were fighting a wrong cause.

He warned his detractors against the law of retributive justice, saying “If I did nothing to wrong a soul, if I try my best all the time to make our party become stronger and great; and when some people plot to fight me on my stand point to be just, I say today that the Almighty Allah will vindicate me”.

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