Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)-- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the call on its national Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to resign from office over the alleged involvement of his son in the oil subsidy scandal as unwarranted.
PDP National Rebirth, an advocacy group within the party which is pushing for internal democracy on Tuesday said the opposition should discourage a situation where it must throw away the bath water with the child.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had earlier called for Tukur to resign, following the alleged involvement and ongoing prosecution of his son in the fuel subsidy scam.
Mahmud Tukur, son of the PDP national chairman is facing trial alongside others over the alleged N13 billion fuel subsidy scam.
Chairman of the group and a founding member of the PDP, Chief Samfo Nwankwo who spoke in Abuja said that it will be unfortunate to link the PDP national chairman to his son’s alleged crime.
According to him, “That is why we have continuously made it clear and abundantly clear for that matter that the opposition should desist from actions or inaction that is geared towards bringing down the machinery of governance in this country.
“Yes, why I deemed it necessary to make a categorical statement as it concerns the arraignment in court of the son of the PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is the simple fact that we must be able to separate politics from governance. If as a nation, things unfold, we must be able to locate them properly in order not to cause distraction and in order to convey not just in Nigeria but to the outside world a lasting impression that we are a developing nation with a developing economy and who believe that our polity must endure.
“We have come to a situation where a committee indicted various individuals for their different roles in the subsidy scandal. But the way we are looking at it is quite different from the way an ordinary Nigerian is looking at it. Nigerians believe that we have come to the stage of our national development where individuals must be made to face the music when they go contrary to the laws of the land, no matter how highly placed they are or they may be.
“But the truth is that we must be able to understand that in the case of Bamanga Tukur’s son, the young man is a director of a company that got involved in the subsidy scam. If you like, you can use the word a nominal director who goes to meetings three or four times a year. He is not the owner of the company. But we have seen a situation where owners of companies have been shielded. They are not made to come forward to answer to their charges. In such a situation where these young boys have been put forward for prosecution, Tukur’s son is a Nigerian; he has come of age. He is in a position to account for himself any offence he committed.”
He also said linking the PDP national chairman to his son’s alleged crime was unfortunate.
“What is clear is that he is the father of the boy who was arraigned; there is no question about that, but calls for his resignation as the party national chairman is unwarranted and a calculated attempt at causing distraction in the entire polity.
“A situation where people believe that for them to destabilize the polity or for them to distract President Jonathan, they will now have to call for the head of the national chairman, knowing that once the national chairman of the party is brought to disrepute, it will affect the entire PDP as a ruling party. As a national party, the national chairman is a symbol of the party.”