By Ben Agande
Abuja — President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, turned down a proposal by members of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to take over the position of the chairman of the board.
Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting of the board, secretary of the board, Senator Wali Jibrin, said the board instead appointed a former Minister of Defence, Dr. Haliru Bello Muhammed, in acting capacity for a period of two or three months.
While resigning his position as the BoT chairman last week, Chief Tony Anenih said he was doing so to pave the way for President Jonathan to take over.
The amended constitution of the PDP provides that a former president under the aegis of the party should be the chairman of its BoT.
Jibrin said at the end of the period, substantive chairman of the party as well as members of the board of trustees will be elected.
In a brief chat with State House correspondents, Bello, who is a former acting national chairman of the party, said his priority would be to reposition the party for its role as a party in opposition.
The meeting which started at about 9:05 am was presided over by President Jonathan and had in attendance Vice President Namadi Sambo; President of the Senate, David Mark; and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.
Other members who were in attendance included Mrs. Josephine Anenih, Dr. Haliru Bello, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, Ibrahim Mantu, Prof. Jerry Gana, and Senator Hope Uzodinma among others.