By Henry Umoru
THE National Leadership of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, described the appointment of immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, as the Vice-President was an appreciation for his loyalty to the nation.
In a congratulatory message signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Alkali, the party also noted that this was as a result of his growing reputation as a team player and a bridge-builder.
Meanwhile, aides of Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, who last Thursday, resigned as the party’s National Chairman, yesterday, moved more of his personal effects out of the Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat of the party, just as party formally announced that he handed over to the Deputy National Chairman, Haliru Mohammed on Tuesday.
Explaining this to Journalists yesterday, Professor Alkali noted that Ogbulaforâ€™s resignation does not require him to detail in specific figures how much was left in the party, adding that other members of the party were still available to address such issues
Part of PDPâ€™s congratulatory message to the Vice President read, â€œthe National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party heartily congratulates His Excellency Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo as he assumes office as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
â€œArc. Samboâ€™s confirmation as Vice President is in appreciation of his loyalty to the Nigerian nation and his growing reputation as a team player and a bridge builder.
â€œHis selection is a great source of pride to us in PDP in view of his superlative performance as Governor of Kaduna State.
â€œWe wish to register our profound appreciation to His Excellency, President Goodluck Jonathan for this wise choice of a man whose antecedents and accomplishments are in line with the Presidentâ€™s vision for a greater Nigeria.
â€œWe wish him a successful tenure as he joins hands with the President to realize the mission of making Nigeria a modern industrialized economy where the rule of law, justice and equity prevails. Congratulations Mr. Vice Presidentâ€.
Speaking further on Ogbulaforâ€™s valedictory meeting he had with members of the NWC on Tuesday, Alkali explained that since the resignation of the Ogbulafor was addressed to the National Executive Committee it will be taken up by them at the appropriate time.
On how and when the next chairman of the party will emerge, Alkali noted that the process takes time as it involves wide consultation involving the president Goodluck Jonathan, governors, Board of trustees members, adding â€œwe urge you to wait when the time comes we will let you knowâ€
When asked what Ogbulafor left behind, he said, â€œwhat happened during our convention is different from what is happening now. You will recall that the convention happened on Saturday and then the handing over took place on Monday that was why recently when the office of the national treasurer issued a statement of account it read 10 of march 2008.
Reason being that was the first working day after the convention. Now we need some days to clarify everything and we will issue a statement when necessary.â€