by James Sambo
The former National Chairman of the Peoples democratic Party [PDP], Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court, in Abuja, urging the court to issue an order according him recognition as the substantive national chairman of the party.
He said that he remained the national chairman of the party “in the eyes of the law,” claiming that his purported resignation from office was null and void as it flouted provisions of section 47(5) of the PDP constitution.
Tukur’s suit also prayed that the court allow him to preside over the forthcoming national convention of the party and to preside over the affairs of the party until 2016, when his tenure as the party’s national chairman would have expired.
He asked the court to order the PDP, the incumbent National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission “to recognise and permit him to continue to preside over the affairs of the party till 2016.”
The ex-PDP chair argued that having been elected for a four-year term in 2012, he ought to legally remain in office till 2016, but was forced to vacate his office on 15 January 2014.