By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA—A lack of quorum yesterday stopped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Board of Trustees, BoT, from appointing a secretary to succeed the late Chief Ojo Maduekwe.
At the BoT meeting held at Wadata Plaza, national headquarters of the party, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, and the National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, warned that the party would only succeed in 2019, if the elective national convention slated for December produced tested officers to run its affairs.
Although some BoT members fingered the inability to form a quorum as reason for the non- emergence of a new secretary, it was gathered that some influential members of the board from South East zone wanted the scribe to come from a particular state in the zone.
A source at the meeting who craved anonymity said the appointment was postponed, following the insistence of a leading political figure that Maduekwe’s successor must come from his state.
“We decided to put the matter forward until we have a larger house,” the source added.
Meanwhile, Senator Ekweremadu at the meeting, reminded the party that the issue of who becomes the national chairman of the party is very significant, noting that to a large extent, it would determine the fate of the PDP in 2019.
His words: “We have gone through trial, through wilderness but we are now out of it and heading to the promised land. It is expected that the BoT will play a prominent role in guiding the party, otherwise, we may never get to the promised land.
“2019 is almost here, so let us not seat back and say we are watching what will happen. We can’t afford to remain in the opposition after 2019 (God forbid!). So, I want to appeal that going forward, we should have more meetings and more consultations to ensure that we make minimal mistakes and avoid the mistakes we made in the past.
“As we approach the convention to elect our national officers, I want to appeal that the BoT must show more than a passive interest in who becomes what because the issue of who becomes the chairman is so critical that if we don’t get it right, nothing will happen in the aspect of the President. We should have the type of