Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has finally unveiled former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mu’azu, as its new chairman.
Ma’azu was picked as a consensus candidate at a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and party members which held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Sunday night, spilling into the early hours of Monday morning.
Incidentally, Mu’azu was last week sworn in as the chairman of the National Pensions Commission by Jonathan.
Mu’azu was born on June 11, 1955 and was governor of Bauchi State from May 29, 1999 to May 29, 2007.
The newly appointed chairman has promised to respect the governors of the party, saying: “I won’t tamper with your structure in your states.”
Muazu admitted that the party was deeply hurting and has pledged to do his best to doctor it back to health.
“In the last few months, the PDP has occupied front pages of our newspapers with negative screaming headlines. Most political analysts predicted that the end of the game has come. There is no doubt that all has not been well with our party. However, the crisis that has rocked the party is a common phenomenon with large parties,” he noted.
However, a pall of controversy hangs on the new PDP chairman as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is is prosecuting Mu’azu for allegedly stealing billions of naira belonging to Bauchi State during his two term tenure as governor.