The ruling party boss says he is not serving as chairman at over 70 for material gains.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, has blamed the alleged moves to ease him out of office on his determination to enthrone transparency and openness in running its affairs since he assumed office.
He said though some members are averse to openness in the conduct of the party affairs, it remains the best option if is to make progress and if all members must be carried along in its programmes and policies.
Mr. Tukur stated this in a statement he issued on Tuesday from United Kingdom where he is spending the Easter break, following reports of moves to remove him from office.
He said that his decisions and actions since he assumed office have always been guided by the agenda of Reconciliation, Reformation and Rebuilding, stressing that he has done nothing to warrant any gang up against him.
He insisted that the agenda of reconciliation by his leadership is the only solution to the sustained complaints by some members.
The national chairman explained that he is serving the party at his age of over 70, not for material gains but as a payback to the country, which, according to him he has benefitted so much from.
“As the Chairman, I love my party. If I am serving PDP at my age, the reason is not because I want anything as gains; the reason is that serving the ruling party amounts to serving my nation. I have my nation to serve and diligently too, because the country has made me,” Mr. Tukur said.
“So for me, it is a payback time for the country that made me who I am. So why would I complain in the face of stiff challenges.”
The PDP boss admitted that he has taken decisions which metamorphosed into reconciliation moves the party has been making because he wants every member to see the party as their own.
He, however, regretted that many people do not like what he has done even as he insisted he has no apology for doing so.
According to him, “Yes, as the Chairman, I had taken decisions which had metamorphosed in the reconciliation moves we have been making.
“We want every member to see the party as his or her own and as a party that bestow pride on all. Many people would not like such. In that case, I have no apology for doing good to PDP,”he said.
Mr. Tukur expressed appreciation to President Goodluck Jonathan, whom he described as a major pillar of the party. He noted that the President has endorsed every action the party leadership has taken while the governors have also been supportive.
He also urged PDP members to continue to support the National Working Committee, NWC, in the drive to re-launch the party to win future elections.
“I appreciate Mr. President who has been a major pillar of support for the PDP. The President had endorsed every action we took with conviction that they were all in the good interest of the PDP. The governors have been supportive too. We have been in touch and they keep on assuring me of their support.
“While I take care of my health, I urge party members to continue to support the National Working Committee (NWC) in its drive towards re-launching PDP into a more formidable structure capable of winning and winning elections without stress,” he said.
The national chairman also thanked every member of the PDP for being steadfast, especially in the face of threats by the opposition groups to pull down the ruling party by all means.
According to him, the opposition’s agenda would amount to nothing if all members of PDP nationwide do not succumb to their antics.