From Tom Garba, Yola
The Adamawa state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, by the decision of the state working committee, endorsed the candidature of Ambassador Wilberforce Juta as the National chairman of the party.
The decision was conveyed via a statement issued in Yola by the party’s chairman in the state, Chief Joel Hammanjoda Madaki.
The party stated: “That it is imperative the PDP resuscitates itself as key political party for the purpose of both proffering effective opposition and an alternative platform to the ruling APC Government.
“That such a repositioning needs the support of the people as well as a strong, experienced and respectable personality with impeccable integrity to lead the party as its National Chairman.
“That it is in the best interest of the party in the state that the position of the national chairman of the PDP returns to Adamawa state.
“That, it is hereby resolved to support the candidature of Ambassador Wilberforce B. Juta, a former Governor of the defunct Gongola State, one of the founding members of the PDP, a member of G34, first national vice chairman (North East) of the party and currently a member of its Board of Trustee for the exalted post of the National Chairman of PDP.
“It is our conviction therefore, that Amb. Juta can well deliver in this onerous assignment.”
The release also stated that their decision was taken after wide consultations and called on party faithful to be patriotic by shelving personal gains for the interest of the party in Adamawa State.
Ambassador Juta and Barr Ahmed Gulak are from the same northern senatorial zone of Adamawa and the duo has been jostling for the apex office of the opposition party in the country.
Gulak had stormed the National Secretariat of PDP in Abuja on Wednesday to hold a press conference and was announced the present National Chairman of the party.