The crisis rocking the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) took a different dimension on Wednesday June 1, as the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT) sacked its National Chairmen, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ahmed Makarfi.
Earlier today two House of Representatives members from Benue and Anambra who were elected under PDP also dumped the party for APC.
The Chairman of the Board, Walid Jibrin, told members of staff of the party at its National Secretariat, Abuja, that both the party’s National Working Committee led by former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff and the Interim National Caretaker Committee led by former Governor Ahmed Makarfi had been sacked.
Mr. Jibrin said consequently, the BOT had taken over the running of the party.
He said that the action of the BOT became imperative in order not to allow vacuum in the party’s operations as well as to resolve the leadership crisis within the party.
“Today, the BOT remains the only legal body now in the whole set up and that is why we are here to play our role,” Mr. Jibrin said.
“We are not here to take over the secretariat. We are here to perform our duties as enshrined in the constitution, hoping that our problems will be resolved soon.
“We, the BOT have taken it upon ourselves to ensure we play a great role in resolving the problems.
“We have gone very far in resolving them. We have made some contacts and consultations.
Mr. expressed optimism that the party would meet the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) deadline on submission of the party candidate’s nomination form on the forthcoming Edo state governorship election.
“We are putting our heads together with our lawyers,” the BOT chairman said.