New National Chairman not an end to PDP crisis – Governor Yuguda

Isa Yuguda of Bauchi
ex-Governor of Bauchi Isa Yuguda

Party set to choose chairman by Monday

The Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, has stated that the selection of a new chairman would not mean an end to the crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

“Crisis will always be there. If there is no crisis, there won’t be managers anyway. So, somebody must be in charge to manage the situation,” he said.

Mr. Yuguda, who was responding to questions from journalists shortly after emerging from a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan alongside some of his governor colleagues from the North East, said having a chairman to replace Bamanga Tukur, who resigned on Thursday, did not mean, there would be no more crisis in the party.

He said the ability of whoever emerged as the chairman to solve whatever future crisis would be the most important factor.

“That’s why God structures leadership. And even at the family level, you have a leader to manage problems and crisis. So, we cannot be insulated from crisis. It is a continuous thing. The capacity to manage it is what makes you a good leader,” he said.

Mr. Jonathan held a closed door meeting with Governors Yuguda and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe, the Acting Governor of Taraba State, Garba Umar, and Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, who did not follow Governor Murtala Nyako to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

The meeting between Mr. Jonathan and the governors came barely 24 hours after Mr. Tukur resigned as the Chairman of the party. The meeting discussed a possible replacement for Mr. Tukur.

The National Chairmanship position of the PDP is currently zoned to the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party is billed to meet on Monday to approve whoever is recommended as the new interim chairman of the party.

Already some names such as the former Governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Muazu; former National Secretary of the PDP, Musa Babayo – who is also from Bauchi; the current Minister of Transport, Idris Umar; as well as the former National Chairman of the defunct Grassroot Democratic Movement, Gambo Lawan, are being speculated as possible replacements for Mr. Tukur.

Mr. Yuguda also dispelled insinuations that governors from the zone were opposed to having a chairman emerge from their states because of the conflict that characterised the tenure of Mr. Tukur and his state governor, Murtala Nyako.

“Are we God? It’s God that gives power. Supposing he gives somebody from my state, a PDP state, what will I do? I will follow him. Let us not go into that kind of imagination,” Mr. Yuguda said.

He said the governors were at the Villa to pay Friday homage to the President. He urged Nigerians to be patient and wait till Monday to know who the next PDP chairman would be.

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