The Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday stepped down from the position.
His resignation came some few hours after the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, also resigned on health grounds.
Anenih, however, said he was stepping down to allow President Goodluck Jonathan to assume the position of the BoT chairman.
He also cited the current state of affairs in the party as a major factor for his stepping down.
Anenih, in a May 20 one-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan titled the “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party”, said his decision would enable President Jonathan to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.
The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings.
“As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position.
“Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.
“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family.
“Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards”.