The embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has finally agreed to resign his position. Rumours had filtered in on Tuesday that he had quit only for top members of the party to dispel the resignation rumour. Meanwhile, while the rumour continued to spread, top members of the PDP were locked in a caucus meeting with the President at the Aso Rock Villa.
The Chairman is however expected to turn in his resignation on Wednesday.
Tukur’s resignation is believed to be an offshoot of the caucus meeting which dragged into the early hours of Wednesday. Street Journal gathered that when the suggestion was brought up, Alhaji Tukur refused to resign. It was disclosed that the President, who chaired the meeting called for a 30-minute recess in the course of which some members who are close to the Chairman prevailed on him to step down. When the meeting resumed, he expressed his readiness to step down if it would move the party forward.
He is expected to submit his letter at the caucus meeting which has been slated for 6pm at the Presidential villa on Wednesday. The resignation would be considered and once the letter is passed as satisfactory at the caucus meeting, the National Executive Committee will make an official announcement about it on Thursday when it meets.
Street Journal gathered that if Tukur had refused to resign, the PDP’s National Working Committee would have pronounced his suspension during its meeting which was ongoing at the time of filing this report. Not less than 8 members of the NWC would have supported his suspension which would have been ratified by the National Executive Committee on Thursday.
Tukur has consistently held on to his position despite calls for his resignation. Even the Governors that defected from the PDP gave his ouster as one of the conditions that would make them stay back in the party. What remains yet unknown is whether the exit of Bamanga Tukur from the chairman’s office will brink peace to the troubled ruling party.
Political observers and some members of the PDP have also told Street Journal that anything might still happen as the embattled Chairman still has some time to make last minute consultations which may alter the political calculations already made.