By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- BOARD of Trustees, BoT of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP disclosed yesterday that a new Chairman for the party would emerge in August, just as the Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus has three months to provide such leadership in acting capacity.
Rising from a meeting in Abuja yesterday, the PDP BoT also approved an extension period of ten weeks for the Senator Ike Ekweremadu led post election assessment committee to continue with its assignment, get complaints from members, stakeholders, supporters, among others all aimed at re building the party.
The party also reiterated that it would give President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC very constructive opposition, just as it promised to come up with a road map for the party having collected memoranda from members on how to build the PDP.
The PDP BoTalso resolved at his meeting held yesterday at Wadata Plaza that the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting as well as other meetings would be put on hold until the Senator Ike Ekweremadu led post election assessment Committee rounds off its work and submit the report, with ten weeks to carry on with the job and complete it.
This has put to rest calls and speculations that NEC meeting would hold soon.
Yesterday’s meeting may be the second of BoT held outside the Presidential villa, the first one outside was in 2007 when the meeting was held at Nicon Hilton Hotel, Abuja and that was when former President Olusegun Obasanjo took over from the immediate past chairman of BoT, Chief Tony Anenih.
Since then, the meetings have been holding at the Presidential villa taking advantage of being the party in power, but now in opposition, another venue has to been fixed for the meeting of BoT.
Speaking with Journalists yesterday after the meeting, Secretary of BoT, Senator Walid Jubril said, “The Board of Trustees is up to the task of providing guidance not only to the executives of the party but to members of the national assembly that is why we have involved ourselves very much in the collaboration with the National working committee to ensure that there is synergy between the appointments within the national assembly.
“We are calling on all our members to remain calm and should not be disturbed That we are doing all our best to ensure sanity is brought to our party. Our party is going to pick again and we are going to rebounce. As we are doing so, we need their cooperation and without their cooperation, I do not think we will succeed, let them give us time so that we can do our best to ensure that we bring back the prominence of this party.
“The post mortem committee of the election that has taken place. We have to be very careful at handling that matter. We have to set up a road map, an action plan which we are planning to do. We have invited for memoranda and we are just getting the memoranda from every member of the party for the way forward which we have come here to discuss to help the committee.
“We are also planning a special tour to the various zones to meet with the stakeholders and discuss with them and find out anybody capable of writing a memorandum on what we faced and we are going to collect this by tomorrow we are meeting again put, all these things together and come up with a road map.
“We have sought for an extension for up to 10 weeks to complete our job as three weeks will not allow us to do a proper job. We have asked the NWC to look at it and have accepted and granted the permission to extend it to 10 weeks. I do not think we are going to exceed that 10 weeks.”
On whether there was crack in the PDP governors’ Forum, the BoT secretary who admitted that the body was intact, said, “The issue of the PDP governors Forum chairman has been resolved. There is no petition before the party on that. The Board of Trustees was not given any petition. I am telling you whatever the issue, the issue has been resolved already.”
On the issue of PDP Chairman, he said, “Like you are aware the appointment of the acting Chairman is for three months and after three months we will seat again, because by our constitution the board of trustees regulates its own activities. We will regulate our own activities when the time comes.”
Present at the meeting were the acting Chairman of BoT, Dr. Bello Haliru Mohammed, acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Governor Ibrahim Dankwanbo of Gombe, among others.
Governor Dankwanbo, a source told Vanguard was at the meeting to push for a National Chairman from his state, Gombe against the backdrop that former National Chairmen, Bamanga Tukur from Adamawa and Adamu Muazu from Bauchi have held the position since it was zoned to North East.