Despite threats of sanctions by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, the leadership crisis in the party continues to deepen, as aides of President Jonathan have moved to replace the embattled national chairman of the party, Mu’azu, with an outgoing governor from the South-south.
But Mu'azu is not ready to succumb to them either. The battle is really getting tough.
This is coming as the former governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu, has warned against any leadership change that would remove Mu’azu or members of the NWC, cautioning that the problem of the PDP stems from lack of discipline and internal democracy, which the incumbent NWC was not allowed to enforce at both the national and state levels.
THISDAY gathered that the move by the presidential aides and associates of the president is aimed at altering the zoning of offices in the PDP, which would see the national chairman of the party coming from the South-south, while the presidential candidacy will be zoned to the North, preparatory to the 2019 election.
In this regard, THISDAY was informed that the plot is to make the outgoing Governor of Cross River State, Liyel Imoke the next national chairman of the party at the national convention. If they get their way, the national convention will take place in the second week of June this year.
It was also gathered from a party source that all offices of the NWC would be affected.
He said: “If Imoke becomes the new national chairman of the party, the national secretary would come from the North, thus making room for the next presidential candidate of the party to also come from the North."
But Mu'azu is said to be opposed to his removal, stating that he would not stand by and be used and dumped by the PDP and the Presidency.
In a statement at the weekend by his press secretary, Tony Amadi, Mu’azu said the tenure of the present NWC would expire next year, adding that at the appointed time PDP would determine the new zoning arrangement.