Sam Amadi, a renowned scholar and Director, Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughtsqq has rejected his appointment as Director of Research for the 2023 Election Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Amadi cited reason for his rejection in a letter he wrote to Director-General, PDP Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, dated October 10,2022 and titled, ‘Non-acceptance of appointment as Director of Research for the Peoples Democratic Party PCC’,
According to him, he was declining the offer because of conflict of interest emanating from various responsibilities in which he acts as a leader of different platforms where political neutrality and objectivity are required of him.
The letter partly read, “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 considered fit for such a high office of a great 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 have no 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 hereby 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 as follows: The Abuja School of Social and Political Thoughts (ASSPT).
“The Political and Strategy Committee of the Christian Association of Nigeria: As the Secretary of the Committee, I bear responsibility to support other distinguished Christian leaders to guide the leadership of the Christian community to work together with leaders of other faiths to fashion a common agenda for justice, freedom, unity, and prosperity of the Nigerian state.
“Arise News: For some years I have been an analyst on Arise News, which I consider one of the most strategic institutions for national development and sane deliberative democracy through analytical news reporting. My role in that reputable media platform also requires non-partisanship, even as I am free to express my opinions. I greatly cherish these institutional roles and believe that they require me to maintain the non-partisanship posture that has allowed me to provide insights that have helped both institutions and critical stakeholders deliver on their mandates.