A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Borno State, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, has indicated his interest to pilot the affairs of the party in the wake of the resignation of the former National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. Bitrus, who holds a PhD, had on many occasions delivered his local government area for the PDP in his home state in spite of the domineering force of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) now All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. As a former Director of International Negotiation and Capacity Building at the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Bitrus assured the party faithful that he has what it takes to navigate the PDP through the turbulent waters and achieving a united and all-inclusive party that would clinch victory at the next elections. The chairmanship aspirant, who is believed to have the backing of the presidency and some PDP stalwarts, is currently the Organising Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum. Sources close to the aspirant yesterday told THISDAY that President Goodluck Jonathan would need his assistance and pedigree to again bring on board the strong support enjoyed at the last 2011 elections from the northern minorities through his leadership.
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