The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has formally confirmed that its National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, has resigned from his position with immediate effect.
The spokesperson for the party, Olisa Metuh, who confirmed the resignation to journalists in Abuja, said Mr. Mu’azu resigned to continue to attend to his health.
“The National Chairman went through the party primaries and campaigns in spite of some health challenges. Immediately after the election, he travelled abroad for medical attention,” Mr. Metuh said.
Mr. Metuh said the party’s deputy national chairman, Uche Secondus, has already taken over as the acting national chairman, pending the election of a new chairman.
He said a new chairman will also emerge from the North East, as Mr. Mu’azu.
Mr. Metuh said the National Secretary of the party, Wale Oladipo, would address a press conference to address the issue and other matters concerning the party.
A source had told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Mu’azu was advised by his close associates at a meeting which held Tuesday night, to resign.
Indications that he had told members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, of his decision, emerged early Wednesday when the spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, told reporters at the party’s head office in Abuja to expect a “breaking news” briefing from him later in the day.
Apart from Mr. Mu’azu, the chairman of the party’s board of trustees, Tony Anenih, is also resigning today.
The PDP has been enmeshed in crisis since losing the presidential election which held March 28.
The party also lost most of its states especially in the north to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The APC has also snatched the majority number of seat in the two chambers of the National Assembly.
Top members of the party including Governors have been calling on the NWC members to resign their positions for leading the party to its most disastrous outing since 1998.
Mr. Metuh had two weeks ago said the crisis of the party was over, at the intervention of President Jonathan.