Sunday, May 24, 2015

See the list of names that are being considered for PDP National chairmanship

Last week’s resignation of Adamu Mu’azu as the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown open the contest for the party’s topmost position.
Stakeholders are considering the outgoing Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil; outgoing Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed; former Special Adviser on Politics to the President, Ahmed Gulak; and former National Administrative Secretary of PDP, Habu Fari, as top contenders for the plum PDP job.           
The new national chairman is expected ‎to come from the North-east as the office is zoned to the geo-political area.
This came to light as fresh facts emerged on how President Goodluck Jonathan got the Chairman, Board of Trustees of PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, to step down from the office, in spite of the willingness he had earlier shown to do so.
THISDAY learnt that Wakil, who is from Borno State is top on the list of the possible replacement for Mu’azu. His consideration for the office of the PDP chairman is due to his experience on party administration.
Next in the line‎, is Mohammed, the outgoing Minister of FCT, because he is from Bauchi, the same state with Mu’azu. Fari, the former National Administrative Secretary of PDP, who is from Taraba State, is also under consideration. A former minister of state for Transport in the Second Republic, he is seen as the father of PDP in Taraba. He served briefly as Chief of Staff to the former national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.
Also, Gulak, the former political adviser to President Jonathan, is among those being mentioned as possible replacement for Mu’azu, if Adamawa state is to be given consideration. This is because Tukur, who had occupied the office from 2012 to early 2014, hails from Adamawa State.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday said:  “The National Working Committee appreciates the concerns, sacrifices and valuable contributions of critical stakeholders during the trying time” noting that “the party is emerging from its challenges a stronger and more united front.”
The leadership said: “Currently, our great party is searching for an appropriate and suitable replacement for the National Chairman from the North East geopolitical zone. In this regard therefore, we expect that our committed members should turn their focus on this very important task, which is essential in the repositioning process”, the party said.
The national leadership then charged all its members across the country to continue to work with the leadership at all levels while ensuring that they are not in any way distracted by certain forces including those working for the APC, who are still bent at using a section of the media, especially the social media as well as sponsored protests to instigate further discordance in the PDP.

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