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PDP: Life After Anenih, Mu’azu

Posted: May 22, 2015 at 1:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Why I Didn’t Resign –Secondus

By Ekene Okoro (Lagos) and Chesa Chesa (Abuja) 

For some governors and chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the resignation of its Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu and the Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT), Chief Tony Anenih is a welcome development.

Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu

Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu

Though acting Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus said neither Mu’azu nor Anenih was forced to make their decision, the accusations, counter-accusations and blame game was bound to cause some ripples.

Since the party’s dismal outing at the March 28 presidential election, Mu’azu had come under fire from several quarters urging him to throw in the towel.

For Anenih, not many anticipated it, neither was he under any pressure. But for the man popularly known as “Mr. Fix It,” it was perhaps the way to go after the dismal outcome in yet another election that demystified him after his party’s loss to Governor Adams Oshiomhole in Edo State in 2012.

Those who supported the call, felt Mu’azu, either by his actions or inactions, should take responsibility for the party’s defeat for the first time in a presidential election, hence the push for his resignation.

Mu’azu’s first instinct was to put up a resistance and hold on to his job.

But three governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa) and Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) were bent on ensuring the former Bauchi state governor threw in the towel before May 29.

On Wednesday, Mu’azu finally gave in to their demands and threw in the towel. Though he cited health reasons, feelers are that the kitchen had become too hot for him to remain and to save his face from being disgraced out of office, he honourably stepped down.

Those who masterminded Muazu’s ouster believe the development would better the fortunes of the party, especially as it gets set to play the opposition from May 29.

This is a strong position held by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose and his Niger state counterpart, Alhaji Babangida Aliyu.

The duo led the ‘Operation-Muazu-Out’ from the front.

According to them, Muazu’s ouster will aid the party go back to the drawing board, start on a fresh slate and work towards clinching back what it lost to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections.

Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor and one of Mu’azu’s loudest critic, applauded the resignation of the chairman, contending that his exit from the party has opened a new avenue for members to regroup and chart a way forward for PDP.

But the Acting National Chairman of the party, Secondus, on Thursday insisted that the embattled chairman quit on “health grounds”.

Secondus, shortly after leading some members of the party’s NWC to a closed-door meeting with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, said the party leadership had done its best and that the issue of resignation is at personal discretion.

On that score, Secondus refuted insinuations that neither Muazu nor Anenih was forced to resign.

“You know that is not right, it is unconstitutional, because the chairman did that voluntarily, and the BoT Chairman also did that voluntarily.

“Some of the others have tenures, at the end of our tenure if we are re-elected, fine, if not that is the right thing to do.

“There is no reason for us to resign because we have worked hard”, he said in response to questions from journalists.

On the coincidence of both resignations, Secondus merely said: “Sometimes it happens that way. Nobody forced them to go.”

Speaking on his mission to the Villa and the way forward for the PDP, he added: “I just came here to interact with our leader, Mr. President.

“We shall be sitting back to reorganize and then re-invent our party, and to assure our teeming supporters and members that the party is intact without any problem.”

But Muazu’s exit may not end the lingering crisis of the party.

The bickering between the PDP NWC and the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, led by Chief Femi Fani-Kayode is yet another storm in a tea cup for the party.

Presently, the NWC has instigated an investigation to be conducted on Fani-Kayode over alleged anti-party activities post-2015 elections.

But the former aviation Minister is having none of it. For him, the NWC is embarking on a fruitless mission as he has no case to answer, instead he is calling on the remaining members of the Committee to follow the path of Muazu and Anenih and throw in the towel.

Fani-Kayode had decamped from the APC last year and emerged a major voice of the party during the pre-presidential election campaign, where he

How the party intends to resolve this latest crisis remains to be seen.

But, political analysts suggests that it is one crisis too many for a party still licking its wounds from its electoral defeat.

How it will eventually pan out eventually, only time will tell.