Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained why they made a U-turn to support the leadership of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff as chairman of the PDP but stressed that the presently constituted NWC must vacate office for a new set leadership to take over the party.
The BoT Thursday said it was the need to have unity in the party with a view to form a common front in engaging the challenges ahead that made the BoT which is the conscience of the party to recant it’s earlier position on rejecting Sheriff.
They maintained that the BoT has the moral rectitude to take a popular position for the cohesion of the party.
This was contained in a communique signed by Senator Ibrahim Mantu, chairman of the communiqué drafting committee and member of the BoT.
The PDP Board of Trustees also reaffirm her full support and confidence in the Acting chairman of the BoT, Sen Walid Jibrin for his role at facilitating stability in the party whilst the crises on the chairmanship of the Party.
“The BOT, which is the conscience of the party, has the moral capital to re—invent the party due to its unity of purpose and internal-cohesion. In this connection, in spite of the initial position taken by the BOT, its desire to ensure the unity, cohesion and future successes of the party has necessitated a review of its earlier position.
“Consequently, it resolved to adopt the decisions taken at the Stake—Holders meeting. It however, urges the full and sincere implementation of all the decisions / programmes agreed upon at the Stake—Holders meeting of Tuesday February, 23rd 2016.
“In this regard, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and all current members of the National Working Committee must vacate their positions to give way to new leadership within the 3 months time frame.
“We also reiterate our commitment to continue to work with other respected stake-holders of the party.
“We appeal to our teeming members and supporters worldwide to remain steadfast as our capacity to reposition the party positively is unquestionable.
“Finally, we thereby reaffirm our full confidence in our acting Chairman Sen. Walid Jubrin.”
TheUnion also gathered that all members of the NWC not barred by the constitution are free to recontest election for offices of their choice.
The source who sought anonymity said “we are seeking to make the PDP return to the people and overthrow the days of impunity replacing it with practices of internal democracy.
“On that ground the party will allow all interested party members not barred by the constitution of our party to contest and even those in the NWC to re-contest. It will be a popularity test for all aspirants. Let all come in,” the source said.