Dr. Sam Amadi, a renowned academic and the director of the Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts, has declined the position of director of research for the People’s Democratic Party’s presidential campaign for the 2023 election.
He said he turned down the offer due to conflicts of interest arising from his multiple leadership roles as the head of various platforms. He was expected to maintain political impartiality and objectivity.
Amadi stated this in his letter dated October 10, 2022, addressed to Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State and the Director-General of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Council, and entitled “Non-Acceptance of Appointment as Director of Research for the Peoples Democratic Party.”
It read in part, “First, many thanks for the offer to be the Director of Research for the PDP Presidential Campaign Committee for the 2023 presidential election. I consider it a great honour to be fit for such a high office on a tremendous presidential committee. I am also delighted that the committee is headed by a man of your character and pedigree, someone I have had the honour and privilege of working with in the past. I do not doubt that you will, as always, make a huge success of this opportunity.
“Notwithstanding that, I am honoured to be appointed as one of the directors to work with you. I humbly want to decline the appointment and abstain from participating in such a role. The decision to decline the offer has stemmed from the conflicts of interest emanating from various responsibilities in which I act as a leader of different platforms where political neutrality and objectivity are required of me.
“These platforms are, namely, The Director, Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts; Secretary, Political and Strategy Committee of Christian Association of Nigeria; and Analyst, Arise News.
“In all these premises, again, I humbly plead that I will not be able to accept the offer and appointment. My rejection of the offer is in no way a vote of no confidence in the PDP presidential campaign or rejection of the virtues of the members of that great party and its presidential candidate.”