Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Sen. Bala Mohammed, has joined the race for the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), report says.
The former minister will battle five others including Prof. Ahmed Alkali, a former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, former Minister of State for Power Mohammed Wakil and Deputy National Publicity Secretary Jalo Abdullahi.
Others are ex-Governor Sule Lamido, a one time National Secretary of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP and ex-Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema.
According to The Nation newspaper, members of the Board of Trustees (BOT), want the Northeast geopolitical zone to retain the position as former president, Goodluck Jonathan is said to be in favour of young politician.
“Most leaders and members are uncomfortable that we have an Acting National Chairman. Already, six candidates appear to be interested in leading the party. While four of the candidates are from the Northeast, two others from the Northwest (ex-Governors Lamido and Shema) are being recommended by some governors and leaders of the party. We are not sure whether or not the former governors are interested in leading the party”, a source told the newspaper.
Another source, who is a member of the NWC said “So far, only the ex-FCT Minister appears to have launched a subtle campaign for the post. The other candidates have been consulting. The PDP National Executive Committee (NEC) is expected to release the guidelines for the election soon.”
Meanwhile, governors on the platform of the PDP have cautioned the Department of State Service (DSS) to stop the arrest of staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over electoral-related matters.