An elder Statesman and former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party, PDP Alhaji ( Dr. ) Bamanga Tukur has reacted to his rumoured defection from one party to another, describing it as laughable and a figment of the imagination of the promoters and sponsors.
In a press statement in Abuja through his Consultant on Media Matters Chief Oliver Okpala, Dr Tukur explained that he had announced his retirement from active politics on his 80th birthday and that has not changed.
If for anything, his resolve to remain non partisan has been reaffirmed by recent events which indicate that no one party or group can solve the nation’s problems, there is need for all hands to be on deck and for all politicians to close ranks.
Dr Tukur is now a father to the nation and in that capacity he is not a member of any political party.
He is therefore a father to all irrespective of their political leanings or convictions.
His major role now is to be giving guidance and advice on the way to advance the nation to ensure steady progress, peaceful coexistence and national stability.
In this regard , Dr. Tukur is open for consultations for all regardless of their political background in all areas including politics, the economy and governance.
He will therefore not be dragged into any political party as a father to all and it will therefore be laughable for anybody to associate him with defection to any political party.
According to him “To me, as a father of the nation I have lived and served this country in so many ways and headed several politicapolitical and non political associations and organisations meritoriously without blemish and i therefore feel fulfilled”
“I have now left politics for the younger generation and i pray and hope that they play it well for the development of our country” He emphasized.
CHIEF OLIVER OKPALA
CONSULTANT ON MEDIA MATTERS TO ALHAJI DR BAMANGA TUKUR
TAFIDAN OF ADAMAWA