Embattled National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and head of the National Working Committee of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, Wednesday morning tendered his resignation.
Although citing health challenges as reason for his surprise resignation, sources say the bauchi-born PDP chieftain’s decision may not be unconnected with the level of criticisms he along with his NWC has received in the wake of the party’s heavy defeat suffered at the hands of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just concluded General Elections.
Presently away on medical treatment in Europe, Mu’azu had previously vowed to stay on despite mounting attacks by the PDP Governors’ Forum as well as zonal party chairmen, who had severally called on him to resign as party chairman alongside the NWC members on account of the defeat by the PDP.
Details of the resignation remain sketchy at the time of filing this report, but sources at the party’s national headquarters confirmed the development.
However, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abdullahi Jalo, has confirmed Mu’azu’s resignation to journalists in Abuja.
A letter from Mu’azu to the party was received by officials of the party, Wednesday.
“The details have not been made public but I know the chairman could no longer bottle the insults on him as if he was solely responsible for the loss of the party in the elections.
“Several other people were responsible for the defeat we suffered at the elections and instead of coming together to salvage what remains of the party, they have continued to point fingers at each other,” one of the source, who sounded angry, told our correspondent.
Some members of the party including Governors Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and even Femi Fani-Kayode, the spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation had continued to call for Mu’azu’s resignation with Fani-Kayode insisting that his resignation would assist the party to resolve its challenges.
A member of the party, Adeyanju Deji, also confirmed the resignation, saying that though Mu’azu denied planning to resign Tuesday night when they spoke, he could not confirm that the chairman had resigned.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, also confirmed the resignation to journalists at the party`s secretariat.”I can confirm that we have received the resignation of the National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
“I can confirm that the chairman, who had health challenges, stayed on for the primaries, for the campaigns and the elections and after consultations with his family, and in his personal interest, he had decided to resign.
“This party commends him for his services to the party and for his love for the nation. We wish him well. We will not forget him.
“In line with the constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has taken charge of the affairs of the party as acting national chairman of the party. The constitution does not recognise a vacuum.”