Faced with several court cases and a deepening internal crisis, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, took over the leadership of the party, basically sacking the Interim National Caretaker Committee led by former Governor Ahmed Makarfi.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin, who told staff of the PDP National Secretariat that the board will pilot the activities of the party pending when the leadership crisis will be resolved and the court cases dispensed of.
“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.”
“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. We are not here to cast blame on anybody. If it means to go to anybody to solve the problem, we will do so.”
Jibrin noted that the PDP will bounce back to win the 2019 election.
“The PDP has come to stay. PDP will never die. PDP will continue to rule.”
“We are only on sabbatical leave and once the sabbatical is over, we are going to take over our leadership because it is our own. We are going back in 2019. But we can only do that if we cooperate and unite.”