Another attempt by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to elect a new Chairman for its Board of Trustees ended in a stalemate as a consensus candidate failed to emerge. At the meeting held at the State House, the candidates remained adamant and none refused to step down. There had been speculations that a consensus candidate would emerge. Those jostling for the position of the Chairman include former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, Cheif Tony Anenih, who is believed to be the President’s candidate, Dr. Ahmadu Ali, who is said to be having the support of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Shuaibu Oyedokun and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu. The position became vacant after the former holder, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo resigned last year.
Contrary to speculations that the new Chairman might be a consensus candidate, none of the contenders stepped down, thus making it necessary to go into election.
The equation however changed when the party’s Board Secretary, Senator Walid Jibrin refused to step down. As such, the election could not hold. It is believed within the party’s circles that it would have been a keen contest between Ahmadu Ali and Tony Anenih.
The Board later went into a three-hour meeting where it was agreed that a meeting should hold in the next three weeks to restructure the party’s Board. Senate President, David Mark was at the forefront of the ratification of the Board Secretary’s decision.
Meanwhile, Street Journal’s findings have revealed that if Ahmadu Ali, a known Obasanjo loyalist, emerges as the Chairman of the BoT, not only would it mean a clear confirmation that former President Obasanjo still has a hold on the party., but also that Senator David Mark would automatically cease to be the leader of the party in the North Central Zone, Ali, as the Board of Trustees Chairman would assume that status, being from Kogi State, which falls within the zone.