Nigeria’s ruling political party, Peoples Democratic Party led by President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed the former Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as its new party chairman. Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu is to take after the former chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, whose resignation was announced by President Goodluck Jonathan According to a report published today, 20th January 2014 in one of Nigeria’s national newspapers, Mu’azu was said to have been selected as the consensus candidate after a meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the governors of the party at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday. At the meeting which was reported to have ended at 1:22 am this morning, it was revealed that majority of the governors in attendance had rejected the choice of Mohammed Wakil by the President and his wife, Patience lamenting on his alleged inability to carry people along when he was a principal officer of the House.
It is on record that in November 2013, barely two (2) months ago, President Goodluck Jonathan came under fire for nominating Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu as the Chairman of the Nigerian Pension Commission, PENCOM by The Transition Monitoring Group. “The Transition Monitoring Group, TMG, is astonished and peeved by this move of the President, especially in the light of the fact that the former Governor is yet to be cleared by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of the corruption charges he is facing for allegedly defrauding the coffers of Bauchi State to the tune of N19.8billion when he was Governor of the State,” the group said in a statement on Monday, 25th November 2013. “This and other similar acts of Mr. President, particularly his penchant for surrounding himself with famed corrupt individuals, makes his government’s so-called anti-corruption efforts a laughing stock, for it is patently obvious from his antecedents that President Jonathan endorses corruption.
President Goodluck Jonathan may face another problem of explaining the choice Alhaji Adamu as the national chairman of PDP.