The National Caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has ratified the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. This is to be followed by a meeting of the Board of Trustee BOT who are expected to give a final nod to Tukur’s exit as party chairman.
The caucus, which met at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday evening, had only the ratification of Tukur’s resignation on its agenda.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur, had earlier insisted that he has not resigned from his position despite the tensed atmosphere around his continued stay as chairman. His Special Adviser on Media, Olivier Okpala told journalists Wednesday afternoon that Tukur has not resigned.
Though none of the members of the caucus at the meeting spoke with newsmen, it was gathered that the formal announcement of Tukur’s exit as chairman would only be made after Wednesday’s (tonight) meeting of the Board of Trustees of the party.
Tukur was absent at the caucus meeting though he was at the Presidential Villa a few minutes before the commencement of the meeting, which lasted for just about 30 minutes.
Tukur met with President Goodluck Jonathan shortly before the commencement of the caucus meeting.
Immediately he left, Jonathan equally met with governors elected on the platform of the party before the caucus meeting.
The only other person who attended the meeting was Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Governors at the meeting were those of Delta, Katsina, Benue, Abia, Plateau, Akwa Ibom and Bauchi States.
Tukur had met with Jonathan immediately after he held a valedictory meeting with members of the National Working Committee at the Wadata Plaza national secretariat of the party.
Others who were at the caucus meeting included Senator David Mark, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Chief Tony Anenih, principal officers of National Assembly and NWC members.
Wednesday’s BoT meeting is expected to begin at 8pm.