The Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has waded into the leadership crisis in the party, saying it will now nominate a candidate for the position of national chairman from the North-east to complete the tenure of Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu.
The PDP North-east caucus was to elect a candidate from the zone, and thereafter present him to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party on Tuesday, but has failed to do so, allegedly due to differences between the only two PDP governors (Gombe and Taraba) in the zone.
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, the PDP BoT Secretary, Senator Walid Jibrin, said with the continuous postponement of the zonal meeting by the North-east caucus, it has become imperative that the board intervenes.
Subsequently, Senator Jibrin said the BoT would meet next Monday to review the logjam over a suitable replacement for Mu’azu as national chairman, and go ahead to recommend such a person for appointment into the position.
While the PDP governors called on the acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to hand over to the national secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo pending the appointment of a substantive chairman from the North-east, a former political adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ali Gulak, has proclaimed himself the national chairman of the party.
Reacting to the intractable crisis surrounding the national chairmanship position of the former ruling party, the BoT scribe warned that the PDP can’t bounce back in 2019 if its identified impunities are not stopped.
He also vowed that members of his board will not allow personal ambition to destroy the good name of the party.
“The impunities and self-centeredness as pointed out by Senator Ekweremadu led Committee must stop if the party is to take over the mantle of leadership in 2019”, he said.
Jibrin continued: “It is very disappointing and embarrassing that the North-east zone cannot present any person for the national chairmanship of the party to replace Alhaji Adamu Mu’ azu, who has since resigned even, if it is for one day. The North-east zone has been postponing the special zonal meeting to produce a suitable candidate to be brought before the national caucus, BOT and the NEC for approval.
“We shall not allow anybody or group of people with personal ambition to destroy the party.
“We must realise that we are now in opposition having ruled the country for 16 years. We must therefore exhibit effective and objective opposition”.
“The constitution of the party must always be followed strictly with any culprit to be disciplined no matter how highly placed”, he said.