By Henry Umoru
ABUJA—IF Col. Ahmadu Ali (retd.) did not exist at the time he became the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the leaders and stakeholders of the party would have invented him for the position, former minister of education, Prof. Jibril Aminu has said.
Aminu’s assertions are contained in Ali’s biography titled “Many colours of a Rainbow,” a 423 page narration written by Professor Gideon S. Tseja due for launch today.
In a quote from the book, Professor Aminu while describing Ali as the most deserving national chairman of the PDP said that “if Ahmadu Ali did not exist, we would have had to invent him for this job; for a responsibility of this type of work requiring teamwork, courage, sheer guts, industry, independence of mind, forthrightness, broad minded world view, nobility of spirit, keen sense of justice, fair play, integrity, and focus on this job as a true Nigerian.”
Ali, a medical doctor, was the first director general of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, served as federal commissioner in the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime, senator, and national chairman of the PDP from 2005 to 2007.
President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the book launch and former President Olusegun Obasanjo as chairman.
General Yakubu Gowon (retd.) will be the father of the day.