2015: Uncertainty, confusion trail Niger PDP

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By Maryam Musa

More forces are pushing hard to disorganise zoning in Niger State PDP. The Prof. Jerry Gana underground alliance later anointed a Nupe candidate from Zone A, who will be a perfect challenge to Governor Aliyu’s anointed candidate, Umar Nasko. This was seen more glaringly with the fact that the Vice President, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, and some top PDP faithful were with Alh. Imam Yahya when he purchased the Intent form to contest in the 2015 Guber elections, few media and journalists were allowed to cover the event.

Yahya Imam is believed to have all the credentials to contest, a consummate banker with over three decades of sterling professional experience in core banking. He was General Manager of UTC Plc and the first Nigerian Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Northern Nigeria Investments Limited, the premier business conglomerate of the then Northern states governments.
His unblemished banking career comprised various senior level executive appointments including Executive Director, First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Managing Director/Chief Executive, Savannah Bank of Nigeria Plc and, until recently, Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc.

Alhaji Yahaya is an astute businessman who sits on the boards of many blue-chip companies and multinationals including Banque Internationale du Benin. In recognition of his selfless service and invaluable contributions to banking and finance industry, Alhaji Yahaya has been conferred with the prestigious National Honours award of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).
A 1969 graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Alhaji Yahaya has attended several management courses in the United Kingdom and United States of America, among others.

He is a distinguished member of many professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), the Institute of Directors and the Institute of Corporate Executives of Nigeria.

Alhaji Muhammed Imam Yahaya was born on 4th May 1945 in Bida Local Government area of Niger State. His educational career began with Quranic School where he was enlisted at the age of three. He had his Primary Secondary education in Bida, 1958-1963; Higher School Certificate (HSC) at Government College Keffi, 1964-1965.Thereafter, he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained B.A. (Hons) Administration, 1969. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma Industrial Management and Certificate in General Management from U.S.A. and U.K. respectively.

Alhaji Yahaya’s working career began with the Central Bank as a Clerk after the completion of his Higher School Certificate.He joined Mobil Oil Nigeria Ltd, 1969-1970, where he rose to the position of Area Sales Manager.He has held many Managerial positions in various companies and organisations where he worked before he was appointed as the Executive Director, First Bank of Nigeria Plc.Subsequently he was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Savannah Bank of Nigeria PLC and Union Bank of Nigeria PLC from where he voluntarily retired in 1999.

He is a member of many professional bodies such as: Nigerian Institute of Bankers; Nigerian Institute of Management; Nigerian Economic Society; Institute of Management Consultants; and Institute of Directors. Alhaji Yahaya was a member of Board of Directors of several companies, including Norspin Nigeria Ltd; Union Assurance; Arewa Textiles Ltd, Kaduna; Union Homes Savings and Loans Ltd.

He has since his retirement been involved in business and presently he is Director/Executive Chairman of the following companies: Finetex Ltd; Horizon Fibres Ltd; Wortex Nigeria Ltd; Union Commercial Insurance Brokers; Banquet International De Benin, and NUB International Bank Ltd.He has undertaken many public assignments within his State and the Federation at large.He was member of Niger State Public Accounts Committee; Niger State Development Company; Vision 2001 and Chairman, Federal Committee on Merger and Reorganisation of FMB and FMFC.

Why Prof. Jerry Gana’s Game

Prof. Jerry Gana is the man behind all the game, and the essence is to take political control over Niger State for Jonathan’s 2015 agenda. They smell a rat that Gov. Aliyu might not take the Jonathan’s 2015 presidential bid serious. He will work just to maintain PDP structure in the state.

The Yahya Imam political network is holding several meetings in Zone A Axis of Niger State, trying to disconnect the Nupe from the Gov. Aliyu PDP leadership. If the Nupe controls a faction, the Umar Nasko ticket might be in jeopardy.

The closed door meeting between Gov. Aliyu and Prof. Jerry Gana failed to yield a consensus, and Prof. Gana went ahead with the Jonathan mandate campaign. They are now pushing the newly elected senator, Dr. Nuhu Zabayi, to re-contest for same seat against 2015. This will be a great setback to Gov. Aliyu’s 2015 Senatorial ambition. But with the leadership of the new PDP chairman in the state, Gov. Aliyu is working to frustrate even the Jonathan agenda if he loses his 2015 senatorial race.

The former PDP chairman was Alh. Mahmudu Enagi, who resigned to contest against Sen. Zainab Kure in the Niger East Senatorial election. The new PDP chairman is Alh. Umar Musa Maali, former speaker of Niger State House of Assembly, who lost to Hon. Sani Kuti in 2011 election to the House of Representatives. Hon. Sani is the son of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi.

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