PDP confirms Adamu Mu’azu as Chairman

FAdamu Muazu

The former Bauchi governor was immediately sworn-in.

The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has approved the election of a former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mu’azu, as the new chairman of the party pending the election of a new chairman.

The Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who presided over the election of Mr. Mu’azu, quoted section 47 (6) of the party’s constitution which empowers the NEC to elect a new official to fill vacancy created by the resignation of an elected official.

The motion for the nomination of Mr. Mu’azu was moved by the Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, and was seconded by Senate Leader, Ndoma Egba.

The new chairman was immediately sworn in.

Mr. Mu’azu, a two-term governor of Bauchi State (1999-2007), is accused and being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of misappropriating N19.8 billion of public funds while he was governor.

Before emerging PDP chairman, he was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013 to chair the board of the Pension Commission, PENCOM; an appointment that was criticised by anti-corruption groups including the Transition Monitoring Group, TMG.

The TMG protested the appointment, saying it was morally wrong for the president to appoint a man being tried for corruption to such a high office.

Mr. Jonathan and the National Assembly disregarded that position and proceeded to clear the former governor for the position.

The TMG’s statement at the time reads in part, “The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, is astonished and peeved by this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the corruption charges he is facing for allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of N19.8billion when he was Governor of the State,” the group said in a statement on Monday.

“This and other similar acts of Mr. President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed corrupt individuals, makes his government’s so-called anti-corruption efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption.

“The EFCC is investigating Mr. Mu’azu for allegedly stealing billions of naira belonging to Bauchi State during his term as governor between 1999 and 2007.Other names forwarded to the Senate for confirmation as Commissioners of PENCOM include Chinelo Anohu-Amazu (South East), Reuben Omotowa (North Central), Mohammed Ka’oje (North West), and Adesojo Olaoba-Efuntayo (South West).But the group said that appointing Mr. Mu’azu to head the commission is in line with his practice of shielding corrupt individuals.

“TMG recalls that in the heat of the corruption charges against the same Mu’azu Adamu, President Jonathan appointed him in 2011 as Chairman of the Board of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA),” said the statement signed by Ibrahim Zikirullahi and Eddy Ezurike, the group’s Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively.


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  • Bayo

    One of the criteria for being in the inner circle of PDP is being shamelessly corrupt.

    • Malik

      Tinubu may be the next PDP chairman in that case

      • Ayo Yussuff

        LOL!!!!!!!

      • Ayo Yussuff

        LOL!!!!!!!

  • Tunde

    Circle of thieves

  • Just Say it as it is

    PDP as a political party has not learnt crucial lessons, the party is having credibility problems and by making Adamu Mu’azu, a man with corruption charges hanging on his neck, the new party chairman deepens the credibility crises. In politics one key selling point is integrity. Do we truly have men of integrity Manning strategic positions in the leadership structure within PDP? We are watching.

  • Sadiq Garba

    Adamu Mu’azu may have settled with his arch rival (Isa Yuguda).
    With this we can now see how it’ll be slugged out between Nadada Umar and Ahmed Dandija.

    While Mu’azu would want his legacy restored in Bauchi State through Nadada Umar (Zanna of Misau), Yuguda would want his legacies sustained through Ahmed Dandija (Maidala of Misau). The two brothers are so close to their respective bosses.

    Abdul Ningi and Bala Mohammed will now have to wait for the spoils of the war between the former and the incumbent.

    • Bazamfare

      Incomplete analysis brother. You have forgotten the APC in the equation.

      • Sadiq Garba

        APC is intact.
        Ningi may have no choice but to decamp to APC.
        As for Bala, It is the end of the road.

  • Progressive Nigerian

    Unto the next,,, when a party have capacity and ability to manage crisis.. It’s called Maturity.

  • Es3

    In law, is an accussed or a man that being investigated already guilty of the offence alledged???

    What if he/she turns out to be innocent at the end of the investigation, how do you compensate him/her for all that has been lost just because he/she was accussed and under investigation???
    That way, the only you opponent needs to stop and frustrate you for years unending (no thanks to the Nigeria judicial system) is to just accusse you of something???! Is it impossible to prove guilt and move in the person while occupying that office???

    That which I would never support is acquiring immunity by assuming at a new office to evade justice, but others are subject to the end of investiagtions and prosecution!!!

  • max

    Pdp members are all criminals that we already know now let’s turn to the Holy party APC. The speaker of Lagos house of assembly Apc leader is a criminal his case is currently in court. Tinubu apc national leader is an international criminal. Elrufai is a criminal he is apc exco member. Thief femi kayode is a criminal he is apc member efcc is prosecuting him. Bafarawa is a criminal he is apc leader efcc is prosecuting him. Obj the chief navigator of Apc is a hardened criminal efcc is investigating him. Bukola saraki is a hardcore criminal he is under investigation and he is apc leader. Danjuma Goje is a criminal he is under prosecution by efcc he is apc leader. Sylvia Timpreye is a hardened criminal he is under investigation he is apc leader. Abdullahi Adamu is a criminal he is apc leader he is under prosecution by efcc. Buhari is a criminal the 52 suite case, 2.8 billion naira that was missing under him as petroleum minister and ptf fraud discovered during probe are still hanging on his head. So who is clean among them?

    • Iyalla

      And what are you Max?

  • Uba Babs

    It is left for him to redeem his image,with his new appointment as PDP chairman in other to prove his innocence or should be ready to face Nigerians for explanation.