PDP chairman, Bamanga Tukur, admits own party involved in “underhand deals”

Bamanga tukur
Bamanga Tukur

The PDP chair praises Adamawa PDP members for shunning moneybags in the state.

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, at the weekend said the recently held bye-election in his home state, Adamawa, which was won by the ruling party, was marred by “underhand deals”.

Mr. Tukur said although he was excited his party won the elections, there were some shady deals involving highly placed politicians in the state.

The PDP leader, who spoke while receiving members of the party from the state, led by former senator, Grace Bent, however, refused to reveal the nature of the “under hand deals”.

He said he will only speak about the deals at the appropriate time.

“I have a story to tell on PDP in Adamawa and I will tell it at the nick of time,” Mr. Tukur said.

The party chair has been in a supremacy battle with the Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, over the control of the state chapter of the party.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had last week conducted a bye-election to fill the vacant seat of Mayo-Belwa Constituency in the state legislature.

The election was won by Umar Abdulkarim of the PDP who beat Umar Kaugame of KOWA Party by 12,040 votes to 7,840.

The PDP chairman noted that the outcome of the poll was an indication that the party would always win any election conducted under a free, fair and transparent atmosphere.

He expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan and PDP members in Adamawa State and Mr. Mayo-Belwa, for ensuring the party’s victory in the election.

Mr. Tukur urged the state PDP members to speak with one voice on crucial issues in the party, even as he charged them to always bear in mind the enormity of work before them in securing total victory for PDP in 2015.

He said he was particularly impressed that the election was hitch-free, and that voters in the local government shunned all entreaties from “money bags” in high quarters to compromise them.

“The Mayo-Belwa election had shown that our people are getting matured more and more on election matters. I now believe that the era where money bags had the free will to buy votes is over,” Mr. Tukur said.

“My people in Adamawa had spoken and spoken aloud that their votes are a powerful instrument which really counts.

“We knew that the opponents tried spiritedly including floating phoney parties to confuse the people. We knew how desperate politicians moved stealthily day and night to buy votes.

“And now, we are happy that the voters acted maturely and firmly in rejecting fresh attempts to mortgage their future. This, I can say, is making Mr President to be happy, so also we in the National Working Committee of the PDP.”

Mr. Tukur appealed to members of the party nationwide to start bracing up for future challenges of delivering not less than 26 states to PDP.

“We have the wherewithal to do this and we shall do it without recourse to foul play. We will all work hard for it,” he said.

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