Bamanga Tukur Finally Resigns As National PDP Chairman

After few weeks of grandstanding and talking tough, the embattled Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has resigned as a result of pressure of some governors and the First Lady who is said to already of a preferred candidate for the position.

With the resignation, Tukur has escaped being suspended from the party by the members of the NWC if he had refused to resign. Tukur was to be suspended by about eight members of the NWC, while the National Executive Committee of the party would ratify his suspension on Thursday.

A senior member of the divided National Working Committee of PDP, who spoke with Punch in Abuja on the latest development, said President Goodluck Jonathan will inform the meeting of the National Caucus of the party about Tukur's resignation on Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan is said to be scheming to install Tukur’s successor and she is said to be rooting for the appointment of the Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar.

It was gathered that Ministry of Transport is under the "indirect supervision" of the First Lady.

However,it was reported that most governors are said to be resisting Patience Jonathan's move and are set for a show down.

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