PDP Chairmanship: Like Mu’azu, Like His Predecessors
WHEN the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors a week ago called for the resignation of the national leadership of the party led by its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu over the party’s poor outing in the general elections, Mu’azu fought back as expected.
The governors had blamed the party leadership and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) for the party’s loss of the presidential seat to the opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC) for the first time in the last 16 years.
The party leadership in its response attributed the party’s loss to the hate speeches of the president’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan, Dr Doyin Okupe, Presidential campaign Spokesman, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and Ekiti State governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose during the campaign.
It was revealed that before the governors made the call, they have consulted with the Presidency who gave them go ahead, having not been happy with the role of the party’s leadership during the campaign, and the elections.
With the presidency support, it was clear that Mu’azu’s days as party national chairman are numbered, considering the role of the presidency in the removal of past national chairmen in a very hurried and disgraceful manner since 1999.
Just as expected and what many described as a soft landing approach, Mu’azu had on Wednesday tendered his resignation, while on medical trip abroad.
A member of the NWC of the party who pleaded anonymity told The Guardian yesterday that just like other past chairmen that were removed from office sudden, Mu’azu resigned after being betrayed by our members.
“Mu’azu had enjoyed the support of the members of the NWC, because he was a good man. We backed him when the governors called for his resignation. But since he travelled out for medical trip, majority of our members have been compromised by anti-Mu’azu elements in the party.
“Had it been Mu’azu insisted on not resigning, the NWC members would have pass vote of no confidence on him and remove him from office in his absence.
“That was script of those who want Mu’azu out by all means before May 29. Mu’azu is not the first victim of such betrayal at the party National Secretariat. It happened to his predecessor like Bamanga Tukur, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Audu Ogbeh and others.
Majority members of the NWC have been entrenched in such betrayal game since 1999. So it is not new that NWC members sacrificed Mu’azu to save their own jobs,’ the member said. Constitutionally, Mu’azu’s tenure supposed to end by March next year, but he has resigned from office.
Who from the Northeast zone will take over from the acting chairman, Uche Secondus or will the acting chairman hold forte till March when Mu’azu’s tenure will expire and the party will zone the seat to the South? Before Mu’azu removal, Chief Audu Ogbeh was allegedly forced to resign from the office of PDP national chairman at peak of Anambra political crisis in 2003.
Chief Vincent Ogbulafor received the same treatment at the peak of President Umaru Musa Yar’ Adua’s health crisis for publicly making comment on the need for retention of the party’s zoning principles.
His successor and once close ally, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo was forced to resign from office at the peak of 2011 party primaries, following political differences between him and his state governor, Mr Sullivan Chime. Mu’azu’s predecessor, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur was ousted from office following his ding-dong affair with the governors over the control of the party ahead of this year’s general elections.
With Mu’azu resignation, he has joined the league of ex-PDP national chairmen that were forced out of office before their tenures expire.
Apart from Chief Barnabas Gemade, no PDP national chairman has ever completed his tenure of office since 1999.
Beside, PDP has turned in the highest number of national chairmen in the last 15 years, whereas a political party like All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has only one national chairman, Chief Victor Umeh for more than a decade now.