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Yuguda, Muazu: who controls Bauchi PDP?

| January 31, 2014 More

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Between Adamu Muazu and Governor Isa Yuguda, Who controls the affairs of the People’s Democractic Party (PDP) in Bauchi state? This is the question on the lips of many citizens of Bauchi state following the recent appointment of the former Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, as the National Chairman of PDP.

Adamu Muazu was the Governor of Bauchi state from 1999 to 2007 and was a close associate of Governor Yuguda before they parted ways in 2006 when Yuguda indicated interest in contesting and succeed his friend, Muazu, as the Governor. Yuguda contested the primary election on the platform of PDP but was denied ticket to contest for the general election, a situation that caused rift between the duo.

Muazu who was on top of the party affairs anointed his former SSG , Alhaji Umar Nadada as the PDP candidate, a situation that prompted Yuguda to decamp to ANPP where he contested with Nadada and won.

Adamu Muazu also contested for the Senate to represent Bauchi South constituency under PDP but lost to Senator Bala Mohammed who is now the Federal Capital territory Minister.

After the general election, trouble started when Governor Yuguda was sworn in in 2007 as he set up a Commission of Enquiry to investigate the management of funds into some Ministry and parastatals during the administration of Adamu Muazu. In 2008, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Muazu of mismanaging N19.8 billion naira when he was the governor of Bauchi state.

EFCC then asked Muazu to report to its headquarters for questioning on or before July 2008, a situation that made him relocate to Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on self exile. In 2009, the commission of enquiry set up by Bauchi state government, after concluding its investigation, came up with a white paper that banned Muazu from contesting for public office for 10 years.

Muazu, while in Dubai, filed a case against the state government on 4th of November 2009 through his counsel, Akintola Adeniyi, SAN, saying the state government did not have the right to ban him from contesting for political office.

After 2 years in Dubai, Adamu Muazu returned to the country in September 2010 after the death of late President Umaru Musa Yaradua, father in-law of Governor Isa Yuguda. On his return to the country, in 2011, Muazu was appointed the Chairman of Nigerian Maritime Authority by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Court later cleared Adamu Muazu of allegedly embezzling N2b and other indictment by the Judicial Commission of enquiry. The Bauchi State High Court 1 presided over by the state chief judge, Justice Mohammed Ibrahim Zango, while delivering his Judgment said that the report of the Judicial commission of Inquiry into the management of some ministries, parastatals and extra ministerial departments of public service of Bauchi state is no longer alive and subsisting, and therefore of no legal effect what so ever on the plaintiff.

Justice Zango declared that as far as the Government white paper gazette by the Bauchi State Government contained in the extra ordinary gazette no 3 of 12 November 2009 based on the report of the commission the said white paper could not stand.

But immediately Adamu Muazu declared his intention to contest for PDP National Chairman in 2012, another crisis came up in PDP as the state executive of the party disowned Muazu as the member of the party. Arguing that since the termination of Muazu’ administration in 2007, he had not identified himself with the PDP at any of its level in the state. The party said: “Mu’azu is no longer a member of the party in Bauchi. From our findings from his Boto ward to local government and state levels of the party, the former governor has no business with any level of the party in the state so he is not a member of PDP.”

In 2013, Muazu was again appointed as the Chairman of Pension Commission by President Goodluck Jonathan, a position he was holding before luck shone on him again in 2014, following the resignation of the former PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, and few days later, Muazu who was endorsed by Governor Yuguda was elected as PDP Chairman.

But his reconciliation with Governor Isa Yuguda after many years has been tagged as “reconciliation of interest”. According to a party chieftain in Bauchi who spoke on condition of anonymity, Yuguda’s reconciliation and endorsement of Muazu was done for political interest.

He explained that Yuguda had no choice than to put all that happened between him and Muazu behind him, because of his intention to get political support from President Goodluck Jonathan against 2015, after the expiration of his tenure as Governor of Bauchi State. He noted that this will only be easy and possible through Adamu Muazu because of Muazu’s cordial relationship with President Jonathan, a relationship which Yuguda does not have.Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party PDP has commended the appointment of former Governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu, as the new PDP national chairman.

According to the State secretary of the party, Alhaji Samaila Burga, PDP expressed confidence that Muazu’ appointment will restructure and resolve the problems bedeviling the party. He said although the PDP has been going through very turbulent crisis lately, the appointment of the former Governor of the state will restore all the members of the party that left because of one grievance or the other.

“The appointment of former Governor Ahmed Mu’azu is a welcome development of the party, both at the national and state level. It is a plus for PDP because we have Governor Isa Yuguda as the leader of the party in Bauchi and Mu’azu as the national chairman. With this kind of combination, the PDP will bounce back to life again and its challenges will be gradually resolved.”

Also, former Senator representing Bauchi South at the National Assembly, Senator Salisu Matori, has described the appointment of the former Governor of Bauchi State, Ahmed Adamu Muazu, as the People’s Democratic Party Chairman (PDP) as a good omen to the party and the country. He charged the new Chairman to be focused while discharging his duties.

On Governor Yuguda’s relationship with Ahmed Muazu, the former law maker expressed optimism that the duo would work together to restructure the party both at the state and national level. But the PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu, has said that he would not tamper with any of the structures of the party in the state. “Those without work should stay off PDP secretariat. Those who want to gossip should be able to say whatever they tell me in the presence of the person they are gossiping about. I’m not here to listen to gossip,” he said.

Only time will tell how the affairs of the party will be controlled in the state.

DAILYINDEPENDENT

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