by Segun Odeleye
Bamanga Tukur has reportedly resigned and not resigned so many times already in the last three months that perhaps nobody should report anymore on his resignation until a public letter is seen.
There was another round of rumoured resignation and denial yesterday, and those who should know the state of things are the PDP governors who are reportedly the most displeased with Tukur’s leadership.
However, after a meeting of the PDP governors with President Jonathan on Wednesday in Abuja, the Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam said that Tukur’s resignation was not one of the issues discussed with the President.
According to him, issues concerning the states and how to resolve the party’s crises and bring back governors who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were discussed with the president.
However it must be made clear that no discussion on how to bring back the governors who defected can be completed without mentioning Tukur because his ouster has always been one of the conditions listed by the governors for reconciliation to occur.
However Suswam said: “We met with the President as PDP governors to discuss issues of the party and the way forward. That meeting is continuing. The second meeting was the national caucus and, of course I am not in a position to comment on that. I believe the Vice President will brief the press as soon as the meeting is over on the outcome of the national caucus and the BoT.
“But this one that we are just coming out from is the PDP governors’ meeting with the President. Issues discussed are basically how we can re-strategise, and move forward as a party.”
He claimed that it is only the Vice President that can speak on Tukur’s rumoured resignation because “issues like that were not raised in our meeting with the President. I think it is the responsibility of the national caucus and the BoT.”
“From time to time we (governors) meet the President and this is not unusual as we always meet with the President. The concern is that the fortunes of our party is dwindling and we need to address that. How do we re-energise? How do we reposition our party to win the forthcoming elections in Ekiti and Osun? How do we bring back our colleagues that have stepped aside. We do not believe that they have left us. How do we bring them back? These are the issues that are of concern to us,” he said.
On his own part, the Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu expressed optimism that some of his aggrieved colleagues who defected to the APC would return to the PDP.
Meanwhile, Tukur, who attended the party’s Board of Trustees meeting last night released a press statement through his Special Assistant on Media, Prince Oliver Okpala, denying the resignation report.
In a terse statement yesterday, Okpala said:
“Be informed that the National Chairman has not resigned, it is all speculation.
“The National Chairman will be at the Board of Trustee (BoT) meeting tonight (yesterday) and will also attend the NEC of the party tomorrow (today)”.