Friday, June 14, 2013

You are free to leave PDP, it is your right – Tukur replies Wamakko


National chairman of theruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has fired back at Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State over his recent call for his removal as the party chairman.
Tukur said that Wamakko was free to leave the party if he wants, saying that he would only be exercising his constitutional right if he does so.
Tukur said as long as the Sokoto governor remained in the party, he should be ready to obey the party’s rules and regulations.
While returning from a trip abroad yesterday, Wednesday, Wamakko who was apparently angry with his suspension from the party, called for immediate removal of Tukur as PDP chairman. The Governor accused Tukur of runningthe PDP like a private estate.
Meanwhile, speaking through his Special Assistant on Media, Prince Oliver Okpala, Tukur said, “If he has any agenda to leave the PDP, it is within his constitutional right and he is free, but as long as he remains within the PDP, he must align himself with discipline.
“He should not stay in the party and be encouraging insubordination and indiscipline. The leadership of the party under Tukur has regards for party discipline and will never waver.
“Therefore, for him to say Tukur is a political prostitute, does that portray him as a true son? He should express a true sense of respect and discipline because of his position as a governor,” Okpala said.
While condemning the use of insults on the chairman, Okpala said all party fateful must respect constituted party authorities, adding that even theSpeaker of the House of Representatives must toe the line of political discipline and comportment.
“When he insults an elderly man like Tukur because he is a governor, then we don’t think he has the moral fibre to remain in office because as a governor he should live and lead by example.
“The example he is showing now does not portray him as someone who has respect for seniority and properly constituted authority like the position ofchairman of PDP and the NWC
“So also the Speaker has the right to support his governor, but as a party man, he should toe the line of political discipline and comportment3

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