By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”AS the Peoples’ Democratic Peoples Party, PDP, prepares to pick a successor to the out-gone National Chairman, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor, there are very strong indications that a majority of leaders of the party are also looking in the direction of the Chairman,Â PDP Elders’ Reconciliatory Committee, Senator Ike Nwachukwu.
Their thinking is premised on the plethora of successful reconciliation efforts of Nwachukwu and his team.
The retired Army General is also said to have the backing of Imo State Governor,Ikedi Ohakim and some members of the Senate, his former colleagues.
Though crisis appears to be rearing its head in some of these states, the Nwachukwu-led committee reconciled the former Akwa Ibom State governor, Chief Victor Attah, with his successor, Governor Godswill Akpabio;Â ex-Kaduna State governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi and his successor, Alhaji Namadi Sambo now Vice-President of the country.
The major stakeholders in Ogun, Plateau, Kano states were also reconciled by the committee.
For these, among others, the leaders are arguing that he would be able to reach out to others when given the opportunity as the PDP National Chairman.
It was also gathered that with his relationship with the North, having a Katsina background where the mother comes from, he would have the support of the North and a combination of the East where the position is zoned to.
The former Senate Committee Chairman on Power and Steel and ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs, had served as the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 3 Division, Provost Marshal, Nigerian Army, among others, during his days in the Military. The retired Military Police General is seen as a man of his own.
It would be recalled that the search for Ogbulafor’s replacement had gathered momentumÂ in the South-East, the zone that clinched theÂ position in 2008.
As the race heats up on each day, the number of interested persons is building up with speculations of â€˜these are the anointed onesâ€™, until the final day comes.
Persons who have indicated interest to occupy the number PDP seat along side NwachukwuÂ are former Secretaries of the Party, Okwesilieze Nwodo and Bernard Eze both from Enugu State, former Caretaker Committee Chairman, PDP, Anambra State, Chief Dan Ulasi from Anambra State, and former Senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim from Ebonyi State.
Also in the contest are former National Vice Chairman, South-East, Nze Fidelis Ozichukwu Onyebo, Sonny Iroche, Ezekiel Izuogu, Political Adviser to the President, Senator Polycap Nwite; former Nigeria Ambassador to Togo, Thomas Aguiyi- Ironsi and the present National Vice Chairman, South-East, Olisa Metu.