As formers aspirant hails emergence of the new PDP boss
The newly-inaugurated National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, on Tuesday pledged to reconcile the warring factions of the ruling party.
At his maiden session with journalists in Abuja, the chairman lamented the intra-party crisis, but assured that it would be brought to an end soon.
The ruling party has been engulfed in crisis which led to the exit of five of its governors and some of its members in the National Assembly.
The governors who left for the All Progressives Congress, APC, are Chibuike Amaechi (Rivers), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Rabi’u Kwankwaso (Kano).
Mr. Mu’azu, a former governor of Bauchi State, was sworn in on Monday to replace Bamanga Tukur, who resigned the position last Thursday at the emergency meeting of the PDP National Executive Committee, NEC. Mr. Mu’azu said PDP was the only party in the country that had continuous life.
He said the PDP remained the most detribalized party that had the capacity to work for Nigerians and generations yet unborn.
Mr. Mu’azu charged the media to adhere to the ethics of the profession. Noting that 2014 was critical because it would precede the election year, he pleaded with journalists to be fair in their reportage of events in order to enhance meaningful development in the country
He regretted that though the party could have its own internal problem, it would not necessarily translate to its weakness.
The PDP national chairman pledged to partner with the media, saying “we are all one Nigeria, working for this generation.”
Meanwhile, a former PDP chairmanship aspirant, Abba Aji, has described Mr. Mu’azu as a team player and insightful personality.
He said the new party chair was a natural choice for the job.
Mr. Aji, who is a former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Affairs, said with Mr. Mu’azu in charge of the party, it would witness a phenomenal turnaround from its dwindling fortunes.
He said a good number of party chieftains who defected to the opposition would be glad to come back.
“With Mu’azu in charge, there is going to be a significant turnaround in the electoral fortunes of the PDP because his emergence will witness genuine reconciliation with estranged members,” he said.
“I foresee some chieftains of PDP who defected to the opposition party reuniting with the PDP political family as a result of the change in the leadership.
“For this reason, it is certain that our party can now go into the governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti States, and indeed the 2015 general elections united and fully prepared for victory.”
He appealed to other contenders who lost to Mr. Mu’azu to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship and give the new chairman their maximum support in the task of rebuilding the party.