The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday shutdown rumours that national chairman of the party, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu, has fallen out of favour with President Goodluck Jonathan over the former’s alleged disloyalty.
A newspaper report had cited Mu’azu’s silence in the face of attacks on the president’s convoy in some northern states as well as his refusal to personally champion Jonathan’s re-election bid in the North as reason for his sour relationship with the Presidency.
However, a statement by the national publicity secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, described Mu’azu as one of the founding fathers of the PDP, who has continued to attract massive support across board for their presidential flag bearer.
The statement read in part: “It is incontrovertible that the National Chairman has been at the forefront of our Presidential campaign train and enjoys an excellent working relationship with President Jonathan as exhibited in their bond at rallies, visits and meetings with stakeholders across the country.
“Whereas we recognize the zeal and enthusiasm of some of our supporters who are repaying the opposition in their own stock, our National Chairman, as the face of the PDP, has remained restrained despite numerous unwarranted provocations, a stance which does not in anyway detract from his commitment to the campaigns but reinforces our values and dedication to unity, peace and stability of our dear nation.
“This exemplary style of politics played significant role in reducing the tension in the polity ahead of the elections and has also endeared our party to a majority of Nigerian citizens and key stakeholders in the electoral process.
“It is to the credit of the National Chairman that his leadership stabilized our party at its critical moment and successfully achieved unity among our leaders and members while strengthening the confidence of Nigerians in the PDP as the only vehicle to deliver democracy dividends to them.
“Also indisputable is his deft application of wealth of experience and far-reaching connections to galvanize the entire party structure in adopting President Goodluck Jonathan as our sole presidential candidate, a project to which he has remained unflinchingly committed.
“Since the commencement of the campaigns, our National Chairman has evolved and maintained a dynamic structure that involves members of the National Working Committee engaging in personal and group campaigns as well as strategic meetings with critical stakeholders in their respective states and zones to ensure the success of President Jonathan and other candidates of our party in the elections. This is in addition to effective coordination of party structures in all the zones, states, local governments and wards across the country”.