Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bamanga Tukur on Thursday revealed that if not that he was forced out of office, the then ruling party would have emerged victorious in the last general elections.

Addressing Journalists at his Abuja residence as part of activities marking his 80th birthday, the sacked national chairman noted that the party was winning elections when he was in office.

It would be recalled that Tukur was shown the way out when he effected disciplinary actions against some governors of the party.

According to Tukur, “Well, when I was there I won elections and in the same vein, if I was there I also expect to win the election.
“But first and foremost, this is a democracy and in every democratic system, you have the opposition and the party in government.

“So, it is time (for the opposition) because it is a democracy and it is the people who decide who they want to vote for and that is what the people have done.

“Sure the PDP will rediscover itself. I am sure about that; it is their own party and they can find out what have gone wrong.

“If for 16 years people allowed you to rule them and in the 17th year they say no, you have to find out why they said no.

“Well, I thought we were in a system of democracy and my views were such that what I believed in were what I will preach.

“I wanted election and people said they wanted selection. If the majority or the strong people in the PDP did not believe in it then the choice or the next thing for me to do was to leave.

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“It is either I leave or they leave but I did not want them to leave, so, I decided to leave. At that time, people said I was preaching internal democracy instead of imposition. So, it was difficult for me to sit down and be part of them.”

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