Chief Tony Anenih Steps Down As Chairman Of PDP Borad Of Trustees Following Chairman Adamu Mu’azu’s Resignation As Nwc Orders Investigation of Fani-Kayode’s Membership
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday stepped down from the position, citing the current state of affairs in the party. In a one-page letter he signed and sent to President Goodluck Jonathan dated May 20, 2015 and titled: “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party”, Anenih said his decision would enable President Jonathan to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.
The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings. “As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position. “Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.
“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family. “Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards.” Chief Anenih’s letter came moments after President Jonathan held a closeddoor meeting with acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Uche Secondus, and the out-gone chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu. The meeting was also attended by Bayelsa State Governor, Serike Dickson. Secondus had taken over the affairs of the PDP following the resignation of its National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Muazu. The Union gathered in Abuja that Mua’zu had in the letter announcing his resignation addressed to the Deputy National Chairman, said he was resigning on health grounds.
The resignation is coming on the heels of several criticism of his sit tight posture despite leading the party to an abysmal election performance, the worst by the PDP in 16 years. He noted that due to the abysmal performance of the party in the 2015 general elections, it became imperative for him to leave and for peace to reign in the PDP. They had arrived the Presidential Villa, Abuja for the meeting at about 5.15pm, and left at about 6.30 Pm.Secondus walked into the President’s office alongside Governor Dickson of Bayelsa State as he acknowledged greetings from those who were congratulating him on his new position. At the end of the meeting, none of them agreed to speak, but Secondus however, assured that he will speak later.
Meanwhile, the Working Committee (NWC) of the party has expressed confidence in the ability of its national secretary and national publicity secretary to manage their offices. These were part of the resolutions of the 399th National meeting the party which continues today. Reading the resolution to Journalist at a press conference at the Wadata House, National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, expressed confidence of the NWC in the ability of the National publicity Secretary whom it said has been exemplary in his conduct. The NWC also reactivated its disciplinary committee by reconstituting the committee to meet the exigencies of the rebuilding process of the party. The resolution reads: “Consequently, in line with the provisions of sections 45 (2) of the PDP constitution, the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus acts in place of the National Chairman pending a replacement from the North East zone.
“The NWC expressed complete confidence of the party in the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh and commended him for his outstanding performance, exemplary commitment and sacrifices, particularly in the ways and manner with which he conducts the affairs of the Publicity Directorate in projecting the positive image of the party and its government. “Meanwhile, the NWC has set up a seven-man disciplinary committee headed by Chief Micheal Addul with members comprising of Chief Mike Ogiadohme, Senator Teslim Folarin, Dr. Akilu Indabawa, Dr. Hassan Kafayas, Barr Nonye Nwangwu while Barr. Tony Caesar Okeke serves as Secretary.
The Committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the National Secretariat”. The NWC had earlier sent a letter to the Osun State chapter of the party demanding that they authenticate the veracity of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode’s membership of the party. The party in a letter with referenced PDPNS/CON4 22-15 dated May 20, 2015 signed by the National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo reads in part: investigate the membership status of Chief Femi Fani-Kayode. “If he is a registered and financial member, proper disciplinary actions should be meted against him through the ward for engaging in acts contrary to Section 58 (1b) of the Party Constitution. “If not a member, you are to reprimand him as an usurper.
Furthermore, all actions taken should be communicated to the National Working Committee”. In a swift reaction however, ChiefFani- Kayode, who addressed journalists in his Asokoro residence, dismissed the query raised by the national body, saying his reply to the NWC was that they should leave the party. He argued that when the trio of the Ekiti, Niger and Jigawa State governors indicted the NWC and demanded its exit why did they not query the Ayo Fayose, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido. “It is absurd that anybody would question my loyalty to the PDP or try to pull the rug off my feet simply because I have asked them to resign.
“They have a lot of questions to answer and we will continue to condemn them; we will continue to question them and we will continue to ask for the best form of leadership from them up until they resign. “If they have any honour, if they know the meaning of the word, what they are supposed to do is not to be issuing threats, not to be calling people names, sitting there and acting as if they are God is to answer the call of the overwhelming majority of party leader, supporters and members and that is to step down and go to wherever they are coming from”, he stated.