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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leaving no stone unturned in its desire to reposition for recapture of power, as aspirants have started emerging for the post of National Chairman of the party.
The process of PDP restructuring began some few days ago with the election of the governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegu Mimiko as the Chairman PDP Governors’ Forum.
Already, the National Working Committee (NWC) of PDP has started working out modalities for appointing a new chairman of the party to complete the term of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur who was relieved of his post in December 2014.
The sudden resignation of Alhaji Adamu Mu’Azu in May this year as PDP Chairman had created a vacuum in the NWC of the party, thus making it difficult for officials of the party to meet.
At the moment, four aspirants, including former Minister of State for Power, Muhammed Wakil, former Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, former National Secretary of the PDP, Musa Babayo as well as the former National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufa’I Alkali are said to be jostling to be chairman.
Wakil, Umar, Babayo and AlKali had earlier showed interest in becoming the Chairman of PDP before the caucus of the party led by the former Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Tony Anenih and others reportedly convinced former President Jonathan to give the slot to Mu’Azu.
All the candidates are from the north-east, where the PDP initially zoned the position of its National Chairman, leaving Alhaji Bamanga Tukur to get elected.
The refusal of Tukur to do the bidding of some PDP governors as well as his unbridled loyalty to President Goodluck Jonathan led to his early exit amid intrigues against his leadership by top party officials.
Mu’Azu who replaced Tukur took the PDP on a wild goose chase as he was alleged to be less committed to the re-election of former President Jonathan all the while preparations for the 2015 general election reached a crescendo.
Mu’Azu, according to party officials, was secretly funding the campaign of then All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, while it was alleged that he did not even vote for Jonathan during the Presidential election.
The election of a new Chairman for PDP, according to findings, would have held this month, but for the season of Ramadam which is currently engaging the attention of many members who are Muslims.
The new chairman to be elected, as The Street Journal learnt, will be in the saddle to pilot the affairs of PDP until March 2016 when the party is expected to hold its National Convention to elect new set of national officers.