Abuja - The Board of Trustees (BOT) of Peoples
Democratic Party on Monday approved the nomination of the former Acting
National Chairman of the party, Dr Haliru Bello Mohammed, as its acting
The Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, told State House
Correspondents at the end of the BOT meeting in Abuja that Mohammed, who
was the only nominee for the position, would act in that capacity until
a substantive BOT chairman was elected.
He said that very soon the party would convene a meeting where both
the National Chairman and the BOT chairman would be elected.
He also said that the acting Chairman of the party, Chief Uche
Secondus, would continue in that capacity until a substantive chairman
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Mohammed also told the correspondents that he was very happy to
accept the responsibility for the period to start the process of
repositioning the party towards the 2019 general elections.
He said that the executive powers of the party still resided with the
National Working Committee (NWC) while the BOT would act as the
conscience of the party and advice the NWC on how to move the party
"We are determined that we will pull our ideas."
"Most of what remains as the founding fathers of the PDP is in the BOT."
"Therefore we will make sure that we use their collective wisdom to
also reach out to all our members in all the states of the federation so
that we will bring the party back to the grassroots."
"We are sending this party back to the people and with what we have
seen in the last 16 years our relationship with the people of Nigeria we
are confident that the PDP will still remain the largest party in
Africa and certainly the party of choice in Nigeria."
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The Acting National Chairman, Secondus, in his contribution said the
acting officials would collaborate with the party to take the party back
to the grassroots.
"By so doing we are going to reinvent and reposition ourselves for
the new position of PDP to provide vibrant, robust and constructive
The National Secretary of the BoT, Sen. Walid Jubrin, said the acting
officials would be in office for about three months as the appointments
were a temporary measure to reposition the party.
Jubrin said that President Goodluck Jonathan had declined to serve as
the Acting chairman of the BOT which informed the nomination of
Mohammed to fill the vacuum created by the resignation of the former
chairman, Chief Tony Aneni.
He said the BOT and the NWC would sit down to take a decision on when
to fix the convention of the party where substantive officers to occupy
the vacant positions would be elected.