bamangaFORMER NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, cleared the air on how he left office, saying that former President Goodluck Jonathan did not force him out of office, or the party.
Speaking on the ordeal that forced him out as National Chairman of the party while featuring in Kaduna-based Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week, Tukur said rather the powers of the governors forced him out.
He said President Jonathan could not protect him because of the powers of the governors, which he described as very powerful.
According to him, “Jonathan did not insist I leave the party, there are people in the PDP who felt I should not practice what I preach because discipline is very important, following the laws you established, is very important, why you do not want to follow the laws you established and you don’t change them, you have problem. protect me due to the powers of the governors, the governors are v ery powerful and therefore, if you do not do what they want, you are done away with and I believe nothing can be done to them.
“I was accused of being a virus in PDP, and I did not deny it, I told them I am a virus for good governance, virus for internal democracy, virus for equity and justice, I hope that virus will continue,” he explained.
Bamanga Tukur blamed the PDP’s woos on lack of internal democracy within the party saying that certain people in the party didn’t want him to practice internal democracy that he was preaching.
He said the emergence of the All Progressives Congress, APC at the centre in the 2015 general elections is as a result of the people quest for alternative to a failed party.
“Democracy is government of the people by the people for the people. So, if the PDP fail to deliver on his promises, people will go to the alternative. Change is always good, provided it is going to bring better alternative.”
He noted that the APC, by making all the elements relevant and allowing the people choose their leaders through elections allow the democratic system to prevail for the interest of all.
On the leadership style of President Muhammadu Buhari, the former PDP Chairman threw his weight behind the President and asked Nigerians to allow Buhari lead the nation at his calculated pace.
“I salute Muhammadu Buhari because he has integrity. He believes in discipline, he believes in fighting corruption and believes in good governance because, the only way we can go forward and be respected in the community of nations is by coming together and carrying our people along,” he said.
Speaking on insecurity in the north east, he said, “in 2013, when Boko Haram started to show its face I said to Nigerians, if the country is attacked, all Nigerians must come together and attack the elements and indicated there principles including, strengthening both military and paramilitary defences, dialogue, so that they understand why they are doing what they are doing and diplomacy, by making sure they government talks to Niger, Chad, Mali and Cameroon.”


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