TVC E, POLITICS – A meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) billed to hold today has been postponed indefinitely.
This is the second postponement as the one initially scheduled for December 18 was called off when it failed to form a quorum.
Secretary of the BoT Senator Walid Jibrin confirmed the development in a telephone chat with our correspondent yesterday.
Jibrin said the postponement was to allow wider consultation among key party chieftains, owing to the sensitivity of the issues on the agenda.
His words: “We can no longer hold the meeting as scheduled because we discovered that we need wider consultation to enable us take far-reaching decisions.
“We need time to hold consultations with our National Assembly Caucus, the National Executive Committee (NEC), the zonal caucuses, chairmen of state chapters and other key stakeholders.”
Jibrin, in December, announced a January 14 date for the meeting, when the one scheduled for December 18 failed to hold.
The meeting was to set in motion machinery for the emergence of a substantive BoT chairman.
The position is being occupied by Dr. Bello Hailru Mohammed in acting capacity, following the resignation of the substantive chair, Chief Tony Anenih, in July 2015.
According to him, the three months stipulated by the party’s constitution for any occupant of the office in acting capacity and the one month grace had elapsed.
Bello Haliru is on trial for his involvement in the controversial $2.1 billion arms cash scam.
The party chieftain was alleged to have collected about N300 million from the embattled ex-National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.
He is on bail and the court has confined him to his hospital bed, where he is recuperating after surgery. He is expected to attend court from his hospital bed.