Following the resignation of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adamu Muazu, aspirants from the North East zone are gearing up for the race to replace him.
Muazu threw in the towel last Wednesday following calls for his sack from several stakeholders in the party over the woeful performance of PDP in the last general election.
Speaking after the National Working Committee, NWC, accepted Muazu’s resignation, the national secretary; Prof Wale Oladipo said Muazu’s successor will come from the North East in line with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
Investigations by the Nigerian Pilot Sunday at the weekend indicated that most of the chieftains of the party that will soon go public with their interest to replace Muazu are the same aspirants that went into the race with former national chairman, Bamanga Tukur more than three years ago.
The aspirants that were screened and cleared for the 2012 chairmanship race are Alh. Gambo Lawan (Borno); Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, former National Publicity Secretary (Gombe); Dr. Musa Babayo, the former Acting National Secretary (Bauchi); Alhaji Tukur Bamanga Tukur, and Dr. Shettima Mustapha (Borno).
Others are Amb. Adamu D. Idris Waziri (Taraba); Senator Abba Aji (Borno); Arch. Ibrahim Bunu (Borno); Malllam (Dr.) Adamu Bello (Adamawa); Barr. Ibrahim Shehu Birma (Borno) and former governor of Bauchi state, Ahmed Adamu Muazu.
As at last Friday supporters of Alh Gulak, operating under the aegis of ‘Save PDP Group” have started sending text messages to canvass support for him.
The message said if the PDP is looking for a courageous leader and “a man that has the capacity to take on APC on all fronts; a man that will bring back the lost glory of the party; that man is A.A Gulak.”
Nigerian Pilot Sunday also gathered that apart from Gulak who is already seeking support by proxy, the other chieftains of the party are bidding their time and watching to know the direction the PDP national leaders are looking for Muazu’s successor.
According to our checks, some of the aspirants are being circumspect to avoid being victims of what happened in the past when they were all forced to step down for Bamanga Tukur at the last minute after wasting their resources canvassing for the support of the delegates across the country.
The in-coming chairman will remain in office till next year to complete the tenure which was started by Tukur, who is the chairman of the African Business Roundtable.

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