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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Mu’azu Emerges National Chairman of PDP

As speculated earlier,  Former Governor Adamu Mu’azu of Bauchi State on Monday in Abuja emerged National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The news agency of Nigeria reports that Mu’azu was nominated by Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and seconded by Senate Leader Victor Ndoma Egba.

Mr Uche Secondus, Deputy National Chairman of PDP, was said to have called for voice vote to confirm Mu’azu’s nomination as the new chairman of PDP.

After the voice vote affirming him, all former national chairmen of the party present took turns to congratulate him.

In his speech, President Goodluck Jonathan said Mu`azu was nominated due to his friendly nature and unique attributes amongst several candidates who showed interest in the position.

``You are somebody that could clearly be described as not tied to tribal sentiments. Everybody comes from a place but some people become slaves to the tribes they belong to.
``In Nigeria, we are all religious but some people take religion to a level that becomes a bit uncomfortable.
 ``As long as Nigeria is a secular society, your religion should not influence your decision’’, Jonathan said.

He added that he had known Mu’azu for some time now and described the new chairman as one of the best persons that could handle the affairs of the PDP.
`` We need somebody that will build bridges; somebody that will build the party, not fighting always.

``We must fight when we need to fight and make friends when we need to make friends’’, he said.

The President said that the new national chairman had the qualities to reduce tension in PDP-controlled states.

He said that frictions between chairmen and governors of the party in some states were part  of the problems negatively affecting the fortunes of the party.

``This is the reason the party lost some state governorship elections and some legislative seats.

``We lost election in some states not because PDP was not popular but because leaders of the party in those states did not agree with the governors.

 ``This is one of the areas you must be ready to put on your boxing gloves, enter the ring and fight to ensure that you bring unity to the party and reduce tension among party leaders.’’
He described Mu’azu’s nomination by his state governor as instructive and worthy of commendation.

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