Leave partisan politics to us, Tukur tells Jonathan
From TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
Wednessday, March 28, 2012

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has restated, as part of his reform agenda, the separation of party from government. Speaking yesterday after  the handover ceremony between the new administration and the immediate past National Working Committee (NWC), Tukur declared that his administration would ensure that “the President focuses more on the economy than on partisan politics.”

“ We have come to transform and build a great party; not to play politics. We have come to help politicians play a decent politics, politics based on fairness and level playing field.

“We have come to be those neutral referees the PDP needs right now. We have come to ensure that both executives and the legislature are on the same page, which is to make Nigeria great economically, socially and politically.
“We have come to help the President focus more on the economy than on partisan politics.

“My staff and my team will never use this office as a platform for launching political careers. They are here to  work, in turning PDP into a great party and helping  government turn the economy around.”
Tukur pleaded with the former members of the national executive of the party not to abandon the party national secretariat.

“Let all of us put our heads together to promote the party. This office is open to all of you; this is our office. We have to implement the party manifesto. It is just like a menu; we have to provide the meal.”
Former acting national chairman of the party, Alhaji Kawu Baraje assured the new leadership of his support and those that served with him.
“If we step out of the executive, we aren’t stepping out of the party. We shall make ourselves available when needed.”

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