Following the resignation of Adamu Muazu as Peoples Democratic Party national chairman last month, there are indications that the search for his successor has been narrowed down to three chieftains of the party from the North-East.
Nigerian Pilot gathered from a dependable source at the meeting of the PDP Governors Forum late Monday night that pencilled down for the job are the immediate past FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, immediate past Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil and Senator Idris Umar, former Minister of Transport.
Since Muazu resigned, his deputy, Prince Uche Secondus from Rivers State has occupied the position in acting capacity.
PDP constitution provides that in an event of resignation, death or removal, only a member of the party from same zone with the last occupier of any position within the National Working Committee, NWC, will be appointed to take the vacant position.
The three leading names are all from the North-East with Bala from Bauchi, Wakil from Borno and Umar from Gombe States.
It was gathered that the governors will ask the acting national chairman of the party to call for the NEC of the party immediately after the Ramadan fast to decide on the confirmation of a substantive chairman for the PDP.
In another development, the rift between Governors Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose over the chairmanship of the forum has been laid to rest.
It was gathered at the meeting that the forum needed to settle any issue arising from the nomination of Mimiko as chairman, in order to maintain a formidable front as an opposition party.
According to one of the governors who chose not to be named, Fayose denied authoring any petition to the National Working Committee of the party over the selection of the Ondo State governor as chairman.
“I can tell you that if there was any issue surrounding the emergence of Governor Mimiko as the chairman of our forum, it has been resolved.
“As an opposition party, we cannot afford a divided house. We need everybody on board so we had to get the two principal people to embrace each other and bury whatever grudges there are,” the governor said.

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