ABUJA – Delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Convention, has ratified Alhaji Adamu Mu‘azu, as the party‘s National Chairman.
The delegates returned Mu‘azu through voting which eventually endorsed his appointment, following the resignation of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the immediate past PDP National Chairman earlier in the year.
Sen. Ken Nnamani, Chairman of the electoral panel, while announcing the result, said Mu‘azu scored above two-third majority of valid votes cast.
Prof. Wale Oladipo, the PDP National Secretary and Mr. Wole Olayanju, the party’s National Auditor, were also returned by the delegates.
Their election was followed by a motion moved by Governor. Gabriel Suswan of Benue state for the amendment of the PDP constitution to give room for fresh tenure for Mu‘azu.
The motion was seconded by a PDP chieftain, Alhaji Mohammed Wakil .
While delegates comported themselves in an orderly manner amidst songs of victory, ambulances were seen at strategic points of the convention venue to handle any eventuality.
Security operatives were also on hand and ensured orderliness, to forestall any breach of peace.
The 3,073 delegates are also expected to ratify by voting, the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as the PDP sole presidential candidate for the 2015 presidential election.
Mu‘azu, in his speech, thanked the delegates and assured that he would ensure PDP continued to grow from strength to strength.
He said the convention was a true demonstration of the practice of democracy in the PDP, adding that members who were unfortunate at its just concluded primaries, should cooperate with others, to build the party.
He further said that the PDP had remained standing from its inception while the opposition party had continued to evolve.
“We had remained constant as the northern star with an encompassing membership and a true representation of the six geopolitical zones of the country,’’ he said.
Mu‘azu stressed that the PDP had positively captured the minds of Nigerians following its development and achievement in all sectors of the country‘s economy.