20th December, 2013
The Peoples Democratic Party governors and House of Representatives members have passed a vote of confidence on Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the party`s National Chairman.
The governors and members took the decision at the end of series of meetings which ended at the early hours of Friday in Abuja.
Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom led PDP Governors Forum had earlier held a close-door meeting with Tukur.
The meeting, which took place at the Akwa Ibom government lodge, also had in attendance Tukur`s Deputy, Mr Uche Secondus.
Tukur consequently moved from the meeting with the governors to meet with the party`s House of Representatives members at another venue.
Journalists were, however, not briefed on Tukur`s meeting with the governors.
Meanwhile, Mulikat Akande, the Leader, House of Representatives, told newsmen at the end that the meeting with Tukur was at the instance of the house.
She added that it was meant to create a synergy between the house leader, PDP House of Representatives members and the party leadership.
She further said the decision to pass a vote of confidence on Tukur was a show that PDP was one strong family.
Tukur, however, expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in him by the house members and the governors, while speaking with journalists.
“I feel great because we are good party and one big family; I thank them for coming together.
“This is an indication that the spirit of Christmas is already pervading our party,’’ he said.
Present at the meeting were members of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC), Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and Alhaji Farouk Lawan, member of the house, among others.
Governors of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Bauchi and Katsina with other PDP members of the House of Representatives also attended the meeting.