Ex-FCT Minister, five others battle to succed Mu’azu as PDP chair

Five chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP from the North East) are jostling to succeed  Adamu Mu’azu as the Chairman of the party.

They are a  former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sen. Bala Mohammed, Prof. Ahmed Alkali, a former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to  former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of State for Power Mohammed Wakil and Deputy National Publicity Secretary Jalo Abdullahi.

Some governors are, however pushing for any of their former colleagues to occupy the position.

The ex-governors being tipped by the governors are former Jigawa State governor, Sule Lamido, who was a onetime National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP and ex-Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema.

But some party leaders, including some members of the Board of Trustees (BOT), are insisting that the Northeast should retain the position.

Lamido and Shema are from the North-West.

It was, however, learnt that Dr. Jonathan might play a key role in the choice of the new chairman.

Jonathan’s camp is said to be in favour of young elements leading the party.

The party is awaiting the date for a mini-National Convention to elect the chairman.

A source, who spoke in confidence with our correspondent, said: “Most leaders and members are uncomfortable that we have an Acting National Chairman.

“We are not sure whether or not the former governors are interested in leading the party.”

A member of the NWC said: “So far, only the ex-FCT Minister appears to have launched a subtle campaign for the post. The other candidates have been consulting.”

The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) is expected to release the guidelines for the election soon.”


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