The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is now in dilemma over the fate of President Goodluck Jonathan’s bid to get re-elected in 2015, as the status of the Acting Chairman of the party Alhaji Adamu Mu’Azu remains uncertain due to a litigation challenging his eligibility as Chairman.
The dilemma by the PDP is anchored on a litigation challenging the eligibility of Mu’Azu to superintend over the PDP’s affairs in respect of its preparations for the 2015 elections since he was not elected as the party’s chairman.
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has fixed next Wednesday for ruling on the litigation challenging Mu’Azu’s eligibility to hold on to office as preparations for the 2015 elections draws near.
It was gathered that some top members of PDP even in the Presidency have started getting weary of Mu’Azu, most especially on his resolve to subdue the litigants against him, a development said to be prolonging the court case which by now should have been resolved.
Mu’Azu had asked his lawyers to seek a reprieve of the court to join him in the case challenging his eligibility as the Acting Chairman of PDP, a process said to have been preventing the court ruling on the case against him, to the detriment of the expectant PDP and the Presidency.
Fresh reports indicate that the action by Mu’Azu in prolonging the case with the assistance of some PDP governors was being viewed with suspicion by the Presidency on the basis that such may affect the chances of the President’s bid to seek re-election in office.
Mu’Azu, according to reports, no longer enjoys the confidence of President Jonathan and elders of party on alleged misdemeanors and misconduct in office as reports detailing his alleged misconduct were said to have been brought to the notice of the President.
During the declaration of President Jonathan to run for second term in office at the Eagle Square some days ago, Mu’Azu was denied an opportunity to make a speech, although he was present at the venue of the event.
The Acting PDP Chairman is said to have been finding it difficult of late to have a good audience with the President, having been meeting brick walls in that regard each time he reportedly made the move so seek a one-on-one with Jonathan.
There have been reports that the Acting Chairman of PDP had been placed under surveillance by the PDP amid suspicion that he is not a party leader the President could trust, while he is reported to have an Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) case pending against him.
The former governor of Bauchi state had also been widely reported as having eyes on the seat of vice President Namadi Sambo, who has in turn been safeguarding his interest in vying with President Jonathan in 2015 as he bids to retain his top job.
Aliyu Ayoba Gubrin, a member of the PDP and House of Representatives aspirant from Adamawa State, had challenged Mu’azu’s appointment as the acting PDP Chairman, which he noted was in order since he was picked to head the ruling party.
Gubrin, in the substantive suit against Mu’Azu is seeking, among others, an order sacking the Acting PDP Chairman.
He had argued before the court that Mu’azu cannot legitimately preside over the affairs of the PDP because the process leading to his emergence as the National Chairman violated the party’s constitution.
All the same, the former National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who was joined in the suit against Mu’Azu had told the court through his lawyer that he was stampeded into resigning as the Chairman of the ruling party, thus arguing for his re-instatement.
In the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/821/2014, Gubrin faulted the process leading to the resignation Tukur, Mu’azu’s predecessor.
Named as defendants in the suit include the PDP, Tukur, Mu’azu and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Gubrin had also sought an order to restrain Mu’azu from further parading himself as the party Chairman.
He had asked the court to determine whether or not Tukur’s resignation on January 15 complied with Section 47(5) of the constitution of the party.
The plaintiff also asked the court to declare that Tukur’s resignation is invalid as it did not comply with the constitution of the party and the Electoral Act 2010.
He is equally praying the court for an order setting aside the resignation of Tukur as the party Chairman.
Gubrin also wants an other restraining INEC from recognizing Mu’azu as the Chairman of the party.