The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has approved the election of a former governor of Bauchi State, Adamu Mu’azu, as the interim chairman of the party pending the election of a new chairman, Premium Times reports.
The Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who presided over the election of Mr. Mu’azu, quoted section 47 (6) of the party’s constitution which empowers the NEC to elect a new official to fill vacancy created by the resignation of an elected official.
The motion for the nomination of Mr. Mu’azu was moved by the Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, and was seconded by Senate Leader, Ndoma Egba.
The new chairman was immediately sworn in.
Mr. Mu’azu, a two-term governor of Bauchi State (1999-2007), is accused and being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of misappropriating N19.8 billion of public funds while he was governor.
Before emerging PDP chairman, he was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan in November 2013 to chair the board of the Pension Commission, PENCOM; an appointment that was criticised by anti-corruption groups including the Transition Monitoring Group, TMG.