PDP attacks Anglican Bishop for suggesting aged Tukur, Anenih should quit politics

PDP Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said on Thursday that the ages of its National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tony Anenih do not negatively impact on the party’s progress, but that the two men have contributed immensely to the development, peace and progress of Nigeria.

The ruling party stated this in a statement by the office of its National Chairman and signed by his media aide, Oliver Okpala, in reaction to a recent remark by E.O Chukwuma, an Anglican Bishop of Enugu, who described Messrs Tukur and Anenih as too old to be in politics.

The clergyman also asked them to quit politics in order to pave way for the young people.

Both Messrs Tukur and Anenih are over 70 years.

The party, which specifically defended Mr Tukur’s position, said God had used the national chairman to bless Nigeria abundantly, adding that he was not in politics to make money but to serve the people.

“God uses all persons both young and old to bless His people. It is therefore beyond dispute that God has blessed our Nation abundantly through the good work and activities of Alhaji Dr Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman of PDP. He should know that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is not in politics to make money,” the party said.

The party asked the clergyman to realize that Mr. Tukur had over the years made his name and contributed to the stability and peace the country enjoys today having served it in different capacities.

It added that the national chairman had decided to use his wealth of experience and knowledge to move Nigeria forward and to impact on the wisdom of her senior citizens, stressing that there was no country in the world that dispenses with such experiences.

 It said, “He should realize that Dr. Bamanga Tukur has over the years made his name and contributed to the stability and peace we enjoy today in Nigeria having served Nigeria in different outstanding capacities.

“He is in politics as a patriot, nationalist and elder statesman who have decided to use his wealth of experience and knowledge to move this Country forward and to impact wisdom and knowledge to the younger generation.

“There is no country in the world which dispenses with the experience, knowledge and wisdom of her Senior Citizens. On the contrary the Elder Statesmen are respected, revered, honoured and appreciated.

“Nelson Mandela is a case in point as he has been honoured and respected at home and abroad even as a nonagenarian. Nobody has written him off as a dead wood simply because he is old and sick.”

The PDP berated Mr Chukwuma over his comments, saying they were not only careless but also suggested  ignorance, hatred and absolute lack of knowledge of the rudiments of politics.

“It therefore behoves on us to correct this wrong impression especially coming from an Anglican Communion Bishop whose statements bother on falsity implicit on careless utterances portraying him as a politician in the cassock of a Reverend,” the ruling party stressed.

“Clearly, these comments attributed to the Bishop are absolute hogwash and absolute nonsense by referring to the two elder statesmen who have contributed immensely to the development, peace and progress of this country as too old to be in politics.

“The bishop has revealed by his utterances against the two elder statesmen an innate hatred for them yet, the Bible which ought to be the fulcrum and pivot of Bishop Chukwuma’s religion as a man of God abhors and condemn hatred. The Bible even teaches us further that one should love his neighbour like himself.”

“It is therefore amazing and bizarre that a man of God like Bishop Chukwuma who recently met and danced off his 24 years episcopacy should cash off his cassock to descend into the political fray. Respect for elders is part of our African heritage and tradition. Therefore, a supposed man of God who has no respect for elders is not worth his calling and shouldn’t have made those unguided statements.

“It is not a crime to be old because in the Bible, God used old people such as Abraham, Sarah and David to manifest His goodness and greatness. At 50 years, Bishop Chukwuma himself is not exactly a spring chicken. His utterances therefore are a clear manifestation of a man who does not practice or abide by what he preaches.”

The party appealed to the authorities of Anglican Church to call Mr. Chukwuma to order, saying, “We finally entreat the Primate and metropolitan of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Nicholas Okoh to order and restrain Bishop Chukwuma from further tarnishing the image of the Anglican Communion and her priests in Nigeria.”


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    The spoke person for the duo of the party chairman and BOT chairman is ignorant and doesn’t want he was saying. How can you say Turkur is not in politics to make money, whst about fuel subsidy fraud involving his son.

  • beehive

    Shouldn’t the headline have read:
    “Tukur is not in politics for money, Anenih, is!- PDP”

  • oghali d i

    Of what value has their experiences to the common man. They are Agip ( any govt. In power) . Pdp are reacting negatively, showing that they can’t help this nation.its very unfortunate.

  • Mani_Kay

    The Bishop ought to be thanking God for His grace on Tony Anenih and Bamanga Tukur such that they are still able to serve even in old age. I am convinced that the positions Anenih and Tukur are holding in PDP require a lot of maturity, experience and wisdom which most times come with age and exposure. Notwithstanding, this is a democracy and the Bishop is entitled to his personal opinion no matter what. But I am surprised that the Bishop did not include BUHARI who is also over 70 in his list.

  • sani B

    Much ado abt a harmless comment. ‘Men of God’ are also citizen of this country nd are free to expres dia opinion. Wat he said was actualy wat most nigerians feel.
    What bothers me most is d way and manner pdp reacts to comments from even apolitical individuals. Do they expect us to remain mute and eat any ‘shit’ dey gav us?

  • Ayinde

    This out burst is really uncalled for, was Oliver sent on such errand or is it because of the excuses he himself is making- what to eat. Its a simple and sincere call and the call is not that they should not be totally involve if am getting the Bishop right but rather not play active role.

    But its a known fact that most Nigerian and particularly the elderly; they perpetually want to remain in Power rather than in the corridor.

    We need more agile men simple.

    I however think this OLIVER OKPALA is Sick and needs be examined, for his attack on the person of the Bishop.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP is an assemblage of criminals,looters of our national commonwealrths and embezzlers of our national assets.
    PDP chairman Tukur is senile with Chief Anenih and many of them in the same category are aged dirty criminal elders who refused to quit the political stage for their children,no wonder Alhaj Tukur son was involved in the fuel-subsidy-scam worth billions of naira.In a civilized society the son of Tukur being involved in criminal fuel-scam was enough for his resignation.
    They are in PDP to try all magic in the rigging and manipulation of election votes for president Jonathan re-election in 2015 which is an old trick that would not work anymore with the new APC equal opposition to PDP.
    PDP will not win 2015 presidential and senate and representatives with states governorship election like before anymore.Nigerians are now wiser and more enlighten.

  • Omo Akin

    This is the pattern with all these so-called spokespersons from Abati down to the least amongst them. They utterly fail to address the point raised and unleash tirade against the person of the “enemy” in the most uncivil way. How can any sane person compare Nelson Madela with Anenih and Tukur? Mandela chose to serve only one term and relinquished power and never looked back since then. He neither hang around to control the party nor teleguide the government. How do you bring such a person into a conversation concerning Anenih and Tukur.
    If this spoke person is smart, he will realize that the problem with Anenih and Tukur is not just about age alone. How is PDP under Tukur and Anenih? It is crisis upon crisis. Anenih served as Minister for Works; what did Nigeria get out of it?