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PDP Nigeria: Alhaji Bamanga Tukur resigns

Abuja, Nigeria - Embattled Chairman of the ruling party in Nigeria, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, finally succumbed to pressure and resigned his position.

Sources close to the PDP national secretariat said Wednesday that Tukur submitted his resignation letter to President Goodluck Jonathan earlier in the day, following a vote of no confidence passed on him by all the 37 state chairmen of the PDP Tuesday.

As the news of his resignation reached members of the party's National Working Committee (NWC), who were meeting at the secretariat, they quickly ended the meeting and went straight to the Presidential Villa.

President Jonathan is slated to brief the national caucus of the party on the resignation later Wednesday evening.

Sources close to NWC said they rushed to the Presidential Villa to not only confirm from Mr. President but to make appropriate arrangement for who occupies the position of acting chairman.

'You know that the arrangement before now was to hold NEC meeting after the National Caucus and BoT meetings. We now have to look at the possibility of changing the agenda of the NEC meeting. If he has truly resigned, it means that issues like moving motion for removal of chairman or any other person has to change now.'

Tukur has been under pressure to resign his position following the protracted crisis in the party and his inability to bring the different groups in the party under control.

Meanwhile, party leaders are already putting finishing touches to getting a replacement for Tukur.

His replacement is expected to emerge from the following persons -- the former minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abba Gana (from Borno), Chairman of the presidential committee on asset Verification, Bunu Sheriff (Borno), former Minister of Environment, Hassan Adamu, former Governor Adamu Muazu and former party scribe, Musa Babayo.

Pana 14/01/2014