PDP suspends former chairman, Bamanga Tukur

by James Sambo

The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has been suspended by the leadership of the ruling party.

Tukur’s suspension was as a result of the lawsuit he filed against the PDP and its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, where he sought to unseat the latter to pave way for his return as chairman of the party.


The decision to suspend Tukur from the party was taken by the party’s leadership at the meeting of the National Working Committee, (NWC), on Thursday, December 4.

Tukur’s suspension was communicated in a statement by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon.

The release said: “the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) at its. 395th meeting held yesterday, December 3, 2014 reviewed recent national developments as they affect the party. Among others, the NWC deliberated on the court case instituted against the National Chairman of the Party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu by the former National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur.”

“The NWC reasoned that for instituting a claim and counter claim in suit FHC/ABJ /821/2014; Gurin vs PDP & 3 others without first exploring and exhausting the party’s internal mechanism of redress and for attempting to stop the forthcoming National Convention to nominate the party’s presidential candidate as well as regularize the position of the National Chairman and other members of the National Working Committee is unacceptable.”

“The NWC hereby suspends Dr. Bamanga Tukur and Aliyu Abuba Gurin for one month and refers them to the National Disciplinary Committee for infringing on section 58(1)(a)( b)( h)( l) of the PDP Constitution 2012( as amended).”

Tukur was elected the PDP National Chairman in March, 2012 and resigned January 2014, after which Adamu Muazu replaced him as the national Chairman. Meanwhile, Muazu’s chairmanship was approved at the National Executive Committee meeting and it’s expected to be ratified at the party’s national convention.

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