The new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) led by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje suffered a blow to its cause as the National Treasurer, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna resigned from the faction’s National Working Committee and re-pledged his allegiance to the Bamanga Tukur-led national leadership of the PDP.
This is just as the “new PDP” said it was not surprised by Gwamna’s action.
This resignation is contained in a press statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday.
Gwamna said he resigned after a careful study of the unfolding events in the polity, and a deep reflection of the consequences of such impasse on the party.
“This decision was arrived at after a careful study of the unfolding events in the polity and a deep sober reflection of the consequences of the outcome of such impasse on our party,” he said.
Gwamna said as a lover of democracy, he is of the belief that the impasse if allowed to fester, will threaten the unity, peace, progress and prosperity of the party in particular, and the nation in general.
He therefore, pledged his loyalty to the Tukur-led PDP while enjoining all party faithful to unite and ensure the current crisis is amicably resolved.
“Our desire is for the PDP to continue to lead while others follow, as such, we must eschew all vices capable of unnecessarily heating up the polity.
“I pledge my loyalty to the Bamanga Tukur leadership, while calling on all party faithful to do same,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, in its reaction to his resignation from their faction of the party, spokesman for the ‘New PDP,’ Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said they were not surprised by Gwamna’s resignation as they had suspected him all along of being a mole planted by the Tukur faction.
Eze said upon realising that Gwamna was in talks with the government, they had already found a replacement in Engineer Abubaka Umar from Taraba State, who would soon be sworn in as the national treasurer.
He urged members of the “new PDP” not to be deterred by the resignation, adding that such was not unexpected in the pursuit of noble causes as victory does not come easy.