Tukur’s successor: Jonathan May Pick Wife’s Favourite Candidate, Idris Umar
As several blocks within the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, jostle for the control of the party through the appointment of a new chairman, indications emerged yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan might have settled for the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar.
Incidentally, Umar, an unassuming but active politician from Gombe State, is the same candidate that the President’s wife, Patience and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, are soliciting support for to emerge as the new National Chairman of the party.
A close source to the Presidency told Saturday Vanguard that the President was favourably disposed to supporting the emergence of Umar, who had been showing what it called ‘absolute loyalty’ and support to the administration since coming on board as a minister.
The source said, “It is clear that the post will be given to Umar because of the fact that the President has already given a nod to his candidature.
“Barring any change in the way things are, Umar will be announced as the new Chairman of the PDP,” the source, who pleaded anonymity, said.
It was gathered in Abuja yesterday that in a bid to pave the way for Umar to move into the new role, he might be dropped in an impending cabinet reshuffle to be announced by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President had even given a hint of tinkering with his cabinet when he told a delegation of PDP stakeholders from the North-West that the list of new ministers to be appointed by him would be forwarded to the National Assembly, which is expected to resume from their Christmas and New Year break next week.
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