. Calls Atiku, others impostors
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday officially reacted to the emergence of a faction of the party which has been described by the ‘breakaway’ members as the “New PDP”.
At a press briefing in Abuja, Alhaji Tukur described leaders of the New PDP as impostors and urged law enforcement agents to regard them as such. Tukur also affirmed that he is still evry much in charge of the party and that seats of elected office-holding members who have chosen to associate with the breakaway faction would be declared vacant.
Below is a full text of Alhaji Tukur’s speech:
“Gentlemen of the press, you are aware of the current developments in our great party. Our reason for being here is to inform you without any iota of doubt that the Peoples Democratic Party has no faction and there is neither room nor reason whatsoever for such a claim under any guise.
The PDP has only one duly elected National Executive Committee (NEC) under my Chairmanship. I wish therefore to state with all emphasis that any group of persons parading themselves as leaders of NEC or any other organ of our party are impostors and I urge all Nigerians, especially the security agencies and other institutions of democracy to regard them as such.
Let me state categorically that the PDP as the sole custodian of the sacred mandate of over 160 million Nigerians and who in the last fourteen years has lifted high the banner of democracy will not fold its arms while some undemocratic and unpatriotic elements destroy our common destiny by causing divisions and confusion among the people.
Consequently, we shall ensure that any person who is not duly elected into any leadership position in our great party and has not been duly assigned any role but goes ahead to arrogate such to himself will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Similarly, all persons elected on the platform of our great party at all levels who identify with these enemies of the oneness and greatness of our party shall have their seats declared vacant as required by law.
We shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that such persons and indeed any other individual who attempts to subvert the leadership of the PDP shall reap in full, the consequences of such actions.
I wish to emphasize that the PDP has adequate mechanism for internal conflict resolution. All party members are therefore advised to ventilate their grievances through this medium.
There is only one lawfully recognized PDP and I am firmly in charge.
Thank you and may God bless you.”