Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday said that the problems of Peoples Democratic Party were in so many ways beyond the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, as the party’s national chairman.
“I received the news that Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has officially resigned as chairman after damaging PDP beyond repair. This has vindicated me and other progressives that had to leave the party at a point when some of the issues we clamoured for are now coming to light.”
Those are the words of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr. Bukola Saraki, in a statement on Thursday while reacting to Tukur’s eventual resignation.
But former President Obasanjo’s media aide, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, in an interview with Punch in Abuja, said Obasanjo had nothing personal against Tukur. He said Obasanjo would not comment on his resignation, as he argued that the issues earlier raised by Obasanjo’s letter had not been addressed with Tukur’s exit.
“Baba He has nothing personal against Tukur. His last letter to Tukur was very clear. The issues raised are beyond Tukur’s resignation and they are yet to be addressed,” Oladunjoye said.
It would be recalled that Obasanjo had, in a letter to Tukur last week, a copy of which was sent to President Goodluck Jonathan, accused the PDP of negating the principles of morality, decency and discipline in some of its decisions, especially as they affected those given critical roles in the party.
Governorship aspirant in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore, told the News Agency of Nigeria that Tukur’s exit was a sacrifice to ensure the transformation of the party.