PDP Crisis: Presidency Moves To Replace Mua’zu With A S’South Governor
The crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has continued to deepen amidst threat of sanction by the Nationa Working Committee (NWC) of the Party.
The NWC had last week accused the aides of President Jonathan of causing the party’s defeat at the presidential election and subsequently issues a “strong warning” threatening to carry out disciplinary actions on them.
The warning notwithstanding, aides of President Goodluck Jonathan have moved to replace the embattled national chairman of the party, Adamu Mu’azu, with an outgoing governor from the South-south.
It was gathered that the move by the presidential aides and associates of the president is aimed at altering the zoning of offices in the PDP, which would see the national chairman of the party coming from the South-south, while the presidential candidacy will be zoned to the North, preparatory to the 2019 election.
The plot is to make the outgoing Governor of Cross River State Liyel Imoke the next national chairman of the party at the national convention. If they get their way, the national convention will take place in the second week of June this year.
It was also gathered from a party source that all offices of the NWC would be affected.
He said: “If Imoke becomes the new national chairman of the party, the national secretary would come from the North, thus making room for the next presidential candidate of the party to also come from the North.”
But Mu’azu is said to be opposed to his removal, stating that he would not stand by and be used and dumped by the PDP.
In a statement at the weekend by his press secretary, Tony Amadi, Mu’azu said the tenure of the present NWC would expire next year, adding that at the appointed time PDP would determine the new zoning arrangement.
PDP will tomorrow inaugurate a reform committee headed by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.
The committee, which has some of the outgoing governors as members, showed that some of them are not part of the plot to remove Mu’azu and other members of the NWC.