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Four Months After: Mu’azu Back In  News

Posted: Sep 14, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Augustine Adah

Barely four months after he was forced to resign as the National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)   Adamu Mu’azu, former governor of Bauchi State may be on his way to political reckoning if the present rumour of his political expedition is anything to go by.  A report published in one of the National papers indicated that Mu’azu  who held sway as the National Chairman of PDP between February 2014 and May 2015 has concluded arrangement to dump PDP for a new party as part f his plan to realize  his presidential ambition in 2019.

MnewsThis is not the first time Mu’azu’s purported plan to dump the party has been reported in the media. Similar reports made some newspaper headlines during the preparation for the last general elections.  But the Bauchi born politician denied the rumour of his plan to leave PDP. “I have been in my party, the PDP, from 1998 till date. I have never decamped. It’s my home. Loyalty is my watchword,” according to information, signed by Mu’azu on his twitter handle.  

This time around some leaders of PDP and governors were speculated to be working with him in the effort to register another political party very soon. 

Mu’azu’s ambition has been a subject of controversy during the short period he piloted the affairs of the former ruling PDP. Few months to the general elections, a political pressure group, Mu’azu Support Group for greater PDP was formed.  The purpose of forming such group was yet to be ascertained till the party’s defeat at the general elections. But a member of the group who confided in Daily Independent disclosed that the objective was for him to realize his 2019 presidential election.

The calculation of Mu’azu was that if Jonathan wins the presidential election for second term in office, power must return to the north in 2019, which he considered himself as potential politician for the exalted position.  Part of Mu’azu’s motivation to scheme for the number one position was the believe by many people that it would be the turn of north-east where he comes from having failed to produce the president of this country since after Abubakar Tafawa Balewa of first republic.

 Mu’azu’s name should go in history as the first party chairman of a ruling party to be defeated by opposition in the country.  The dismal performance of the party led to pressure mounted on him to resign as the national chairman of the party.    Many leaders of the party accused him of working against the interest of the party especially in his home state Bauchi where PDP lost to then opposition APC. 

From 1984 until his election as state governor in 1999, Mu’azu worked as a businessman in the private sector. Between 1984 and 1987, he was chairman of the Federal Polytechnic in Idah and chairman of the Benue-Plateau Construction Company in Jos from 1986 to 1990. He was also a member of the Bauchi State Scholarship Board during this period. Between 1987 and 1997, he served in a number of capacities including director of the Nigeria Ports Authority and a member of the Bauchi State Rural Development Council.