The reason for the resignation of Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna, the New Peoples Democratic Party's National Treasurer has emerged.
In a statement by the Baraje led PDP issued this morning by Mr Eze Chukwuemeka Eze titled 'PDP Sacks National Treasurer, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna, For Being a Mole and A Saboteur Replaces Him with Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar', Eze said: 'We have read with dismay the purported resignation of our erstwhile National Treasurer, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna, while the fact is that he was sacked by the party. This unprincipled politician was sacked after being discovered to be a mole and has since been replaced by a seasoned and principled politician, Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar, who has been an active grassroots politician and mobiliser in his native Taraba State since 1999'.
According to report, Alhaji Gwamna's fate became sealed when a report on his true status was tabled before the National Working Committee of PDP during its inaugural meeting held at the residence of the party's National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, in Abuja on 15th Sept, 2013. The damning report on Alhaji Gwamna was submitted by the PDP National Secretary, His Excellency, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. According to the report, it was found that Alhaji Gwamna was a mole planted by the Tukur faction of PDP to monitor our activities and report back to it with a view to sabotaging our activities.
The statement stated that Prince Oyinlola's report further indicted Alhaji Gwamna as one of those executing contracts for the Federal Government and under threat that to have all his contracts terminated should he fail to spy on us as directed. Like the Judas that he is, Alhaji Gwamna agreed to mortgage his conscience in his mistaken belief that he could successfully sabotage our mission to bring sanity to our party being hijacked by hawks whose aim is to destroy a party that they do not know how it was formed.
The rest of the statement reads thus:
'When Alhaji Gwamna got wind of his impending sack, this false democrat rushed to the Presidency to alert his paymasters that he had been discovered to be a mole and was at the verge of dismissal. To save his ugly face, the Presidency quickly drafted a press statement announcing his resignation and gave him to sign and immediately release to the press last night.
'To us, Alhaji Gwamma is rubbish meant for the dustbin and we sincerely thank all those who assisted us to discover on time this undemocratic personality only meant for a fading group like Tukur's faction of the PDP.
'We are happy to announce the better qualified and more principled Engr. Abubakar Gambo Umar as his replacement with immediate effect. Unlike Alhaji Gwamma, Engr. Umar, who was twice nominated by his constituency to run for the House of Representatives, is a staunch believer in the rule of law, a democrat to the core and a man known for upholding justice and fair play.
'To Nigerians, we apologise for not properly investigating Alhaji Gwamma, a fellow who is ready to sell his conscience for a mess of porridge, before giving him such an exalted position of National Treasurer of a great party like PDP. As we bid him goodbye to his journey to political perdition and wilderness, we wish to urge all Nigerians to keep faith with us as we are very determined to flush out all the undemocratic elements that have constituted themselves a nuisance to our rescue mission'.
It could be recalled that last night, Alhaji Tanko Isiaku Gwamna resigned from membership of the nPDP saying that:
'As a lover of democracy, I am of the belief that the current impasse will not augur well for the unity, peace, progress and prosperity of our great party in particular, and the country in general,'
'I, therefore, enjoin all PDP faithful wherever they may be to unite and ensure the amicable resolution of the current impasse. Our desire is for the PDP to continue to lead while others follow.
'As such, we must eschew all vices capable of unnecessarily heating up the polity. I pledge my loyalty to Bamanga Tukur's leadership while calling on all party faithful to do same.'