Check out 5 People contending for PDP BoT Chairmanship Position

Sule Lamido

The recent resignation of Chief Anthony Anenih as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees is an indication that the outgoing ruling party has decided to rebuild the party.

Anenih’s sacrifice is a pointer to the fact that the chieftains of the party are aware of the enormous task ahead of them and are ready to make individual sacrifices to ensure that the party bounce back to reckoning in Nigeria’s democratic journey.

As it is, following Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu’s resignation as the party’s chairman, a South-South chieftain of the party is expected to take over. This is against the backdrop of the fact that the party will field a Northern candidate in the 2019 presidential elections to challenge President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, incase he decides to re-contest for the office of the presidency.

Given this scenario, the PDP is likely to elect a northerner as its BOT Chairman, despite Anenih’s claims of stepping down for President Goodluck Jonathan. Not known as a typical politician, Jonathan is widely expected to reject the offer.

Below is a list of 5 PDP chieftains that will likely clinch the coveted position.

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1. Alhaji Sule Lamido: He has the brightest chance among the lot. Everything favours him; he is a founding member of the party, at 66 years, he is matured, he is popular in the north and he can be a rallying figure for the party in the region and beyond. A seasoned politician, the outgoing  Governor of Jigawa State definitely fits the bill and has all the qualities to fill the big shoes of Chief Anenih.

PDP BOT Chairman: 5 Party Chieftains Who Stand A Chance

2. Ambassador Aminu Wali: If President Jonathan is interested in influencing who emerges the BOT Chairman of the PDP, Ambassador Wali is one of those who might come top in his list. A trusted ally of the President, Wali has the experience and maturity to galvanise the downtrodden members of the party nationwide for the task ahead in 2019. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs might just be the man the party need to kick-start a fresh onslaught to re-take its lost glory.

PDP BOT Chairman: 5 Party Chieftains Who Stand A Chance

3. Dr. Dalhatu Tafida: Adamawa-born Tafida is one politician who commands respect across all political divides. Another trusted ally of Jonathan, the current Nigerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom was brought back to Nigeria before the 2011 general elections to head the president’s campaign organisation. A loyal party man to the core, he was one of those fingered championing the third term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, during his time as the Senate Majority Leader.

PDP BOT Chairman: 5 Party Chieftains Who Stand A Chance

4. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau: A decent politician, Shekarau is known for his gentle nature, calmness, humility and political maturity. The former Governor of Kano and the current Minister of Education is one man whose emergence will thoroughly set the PDP to its right path. A progressive politician, his antecedents as a proven performer gives him an edge over other candidates.

PDP BOT Chairman: 5 Party Chieftains Who Stand A Chance

5. Alhaji Bamanga Tukur: Many of the PDP faithfuls loyal to Tukur during his controversial removal as the PDP Chairman last year might drag him into the race. President Jonathan might also be interested in compensating the octenagerian whose removal wasn’t initially approved by the President until his hands were tied by the powerful PDP Governors Forum. As the PDP moves towards reconciliation and rejuvenation, they might have to look in the direction of the elder statesman to lead them in forging ahead for the titanic political battle that awaits them in future.

PDP BOT Chairman: 5 Party Chieftains Who Stand A Chance

Source: Naij