One of these 3 party chieftains may emerge PDP Chairman on Tuesday

The crisis-ridden opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is expected to select its new Chairman, during the course of the week, possibly on Tuesday, February 2.

During a meeting of the North-East zone of the PDP in Gombe on Tuesday, the party will choose between three candidates to replace Uche Secondus, the current Acting National Chairman.

After the meeting in Gombe, an emergency meeting of the PDP National Executive Committee is expected to be held, to ratify the North-East nomination.

The three leading candidates vying to emerge as PDP Chairman are: National Vice Chairman (North-East) of the party, Girigiri Lawal; Second Republic governor of the old Gongola State, Wilberforce Juta and ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.

Ahmed Gulak, the former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, previously stood a chance of being nominated for the role, but his recent action of declaring himself as party Chairman, did not sit well with PDP governors, members of the National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee (NWC).

The Nation reports that a source disclosed that the governors, the Board of Trustees and other stakeholders of the party have agreed to concede the chairmanship slot to the North-East in line with the judgment of a High Court.

The source was quoted to have said: “We are getting closer to the resolution of the crisis rocking this party. We all met on Wednesday and resolved to retain the chairmanship slot in the North-East to complete the tenure of the former chairman, Ahmed Muazu.”

“We have mandated the states in the North-East to meet on Tuesday or Wednesday to recommend a candidate to fill the vacant slot. The NEC will thereafter proceed to ratify the nominee on Thursday.”

“At our last meeting, the three leading candidates leading candidates were the National Vice Chairman (North-East) of the party, Girigiri Lawal , ex-Governor of the defunct Gongola State, Wilberforce Juta and ex-Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.”

“But we are hopeful that more candidates may show interest on or before the zonal meeting. If we do not give the slot to the North-East, the PDP will technically die in the face of the law.

“Although Gulak is laying claim to the seat, all the governors, BOT members and other stalwarts have foreclosed his choice because of the manner in which he invaded the National Secretariat of PDP and declared himself as the new National Chairman.”

“The Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus will revert to his position as the Deputy National Chairman. With this mutual understanding, the National Convention of PDP is no longer realistic in March. We may postpone the election of new national officers by six months. The timeline will enable us to reorganize the party.”

Furthermore, it was also reported that the behaviour of Gulak has seen him lose the support and confidence of a chunk of the opposition party’s members in his state- Adamawa.

On Friday, the state chairman of the PDP, Joel Madaki, released a statement, saying: “The State Working Committee of PDP Adamawa state chapter, after due consultation with party stakeholders in the state and beyond, and having thoroughly deliberated on the issues of the position of National Chairman of the party has resolved as follows:

“That, it is in the best interest of the party in the state that the position of the national chairman of the party returns to Adamawa state.”

“That, it is hereby resolved to support the candidature of Ambassador Wilberforce B. Juta, a former Governor of the defunct Gongola state, one of the founding members of PDP, a member of G34, first National Vice Chairman (North East) of the party and currently a member of its Board Trustees for the exalted post of the National Chairman of the PDP.”

“That, the party is calling up on all other interested members to patriotically lay down their personal ambition for the heighten interests of the party in Adamawa state.”

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