Contrary to reports in a section of the media (Daily Times not included), the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu is not under any pressure to resign.
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party made this clarification on Thursday, in reaction to the report that Governors on the platform of the PDP have asked the National Chairman and his team to resign, having led the party to a failure in the last general election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a press statement on Thursday said that neither the PDP Governors’ Forum nor any other organ of the PDP had made any such demand as reported.
He said that Mu’azu and his team enjoyed the confidence of key stakeholders in the party, including the PDP Governors’ Forum.
The statement read: ”The NWC was never asked to resign by the forum of governors or any other organ of the party for that matter.
“For the avoidance of doubt therefore, the NWC states that at no time was the National Chairman of our great party, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu walked out of the meeting of the governors, neither was he in any way ill-treated at that meeting contrary to reports in some section of the media.
“To put the records straight, our National Chairman upon invitation by the governors, attended the meeting alongside our Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon and left after a brief and fruitful discussion with the governors. Mu’azu was not at any time asked to resign and nothing close to such was ever insinuated at the meeting.
“For purposes of clarification, the National Working Committee as a duly elected organ of the party has a constitutionally guaranteed tenure which expires in March 2016. It is therefore focused on galvanizing every organ and interests within the PDP with a view to re-engineering it for the task ahead.
“To this end, the NWC is currently working hand in hand with strategic stakeholders, including PDP governors towards repositioning our great party and regaining power at the center by 2019.
“In this regard, the National Working Committee in its meeting on Wednesday April 29, 2015 constituted a special committee under the chairmanship of the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. The committee membership is drawn from all the key stakeholders of the party, including members of the forum of governors.
“Furthermore, the NWC states that it holds the PDP Governors’ Forum in very high esteem, especially its Chairman, Governor Godswill Akpabio, who has worked assiduously for the progress of the party.
“Finally, the NWC restates that it enjoys the confidence and respect of all our organs and structures across board, particularly the PDP governors who individually and collectively appreciate that the supremacy of the party is more important than anything else at this point in time.”