Saturday, January 11, 2014

OBJ'S LETTER: Tukur Officially Replies!


The reply of Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, PDP National Chairman, to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter and other angry reactions.
Photo: Tukur reacts to Obasanjo's letter
“It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and our party in the South-west zone. It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue between your good self; former President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party on one hand, and my humble self, the National Chairman of our party on the other hand.
“Buruji Kasamu came to limelight in politics as a result of the role he played in the politics of Ogun state where both of you come from. He later became a rallying point in the South-west following the Courts’ Orders in the series of cases brought about as a result of disagreements among leaders of the party in the South-west, and Ogun State in particular.
“In my opinion, Buruji became a rallying point because of the absence of a zonal executive in the South-west. This vacuum in the South-west has made him the person to whom many members in all the chapters of the party in the zone approach for one form of assistance or the order.
“We came in when we were threatened with contempt of court charges for not obeying the court’s order to dissolve the South-west zonal executive and remove some officers of the party. “We complied with the court’s orders because of our belief in the rule of law and to avoid consequences of disobeying such orders.”
Sounding conciliatory in his response to Obasanjo’s letter, Tukur expressed his appreciation of the manner of approach by the ex-President in presenting his grievances on issues in the PDP South-West.
Addressing the complaint of the former President on the state of the PDP in the South-West, Tukur said the crises within the PDP in the zone were there before he took over the mantle of leadership of the party.
He said, “In his usual hypocritical manner, he talked about not being able to work with me because of his principles and decency. But the questions Nigerians should ask him are: where were these principles when he used me to fight Gbenga Daniel? Where was his self-righteousness when I took the party structure from Daniel and handed it to Obasanjo? Where was his decency when he brought Gen. Adetunji Olurin to me and asked that I should roll my structure behind his governorship ambition?”
Other prominent members in the South-West zone of the party, on Saturday, lashed out at the ex-president, describing him as difficult to please.
For example, the Chairman of the caretaker committee of the party in the zone, Mr. Ishola Filani, said it was sad that Obasanjo who brought Kashamu into the limelight politically was also trying to destroy him.

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