The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday held its maiden Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting, after the hand over of power to the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan, his Vice, Namadi Sambo, and the immediate past Chairman of the BoT, Tony Anenih, however boycotted the meeting, just as the immediate past National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu was conspicuously absent from the party’s Wadata Plaza, National Secretariat venue.
Jonathan, who had been holidaying in the United States for some weeks now, is believed to have returned to the country early in the week.
No one could adduce any reason for the absence of the party chieftains from the meeting.
However, the meeting rose and took a decision to close ranks and work together to reposition the party towards reclaiming power from the APC at the centre.
Also at the meeting, critical issue like how to bring back aggrieved members who felt short changed after the party primary, as well as those who still feel there should be a clean sweep of the national executive, were discussed.
Similarly, the nature of opposition to be mounted against the APC and how to protect PDP interests in the President Muhammadu Buhari government equally topped the agenda.
Speaking after the meeting, Secretary of the PDP-BoT, Alhaji Walid Jubrin said: “We have to set up a road map, an action plan which we are planning to do. We have invited for memorandum and we are just getting the memorandum from every member of the party for the way forward which we have come here to discuss to help the committee”.
“We are also planning a special tour to the various zones to meet with the stakeholders and discuss with them and find out anybody capable of writing a memorandum on what we face and we are going to collect this by tomorrow we are meeting again put all these things together and come up with a road map”.
Speaking on the ability of the party to return to its past glory, he noted that the BoT is equipped with the necessary motivation to reposition the party.
“The Board of Trustees is up to the task of providing guidance not only to the executives of the party but to members of the national assembly that is why we have involved ourselves very much in the collaboration with the National working committee to ensure that there is synergy between the appointments within the national assembly.
“We are calling on all our members to remain calm and should not be disturbed That we are doing all our best to ensure sanity is Brought to our party. Our party is going to pick again and we are going to rebounce.
“As we are doing so, we need their cooperation and without their cooperation, I do not think we will succeed let them give us time so that we can do our best to ensure that we bring back the prominence of this party”.
Also speaking on the post mortem committee on the election headed by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, he added that “we have to be very careful at handling that matter.
“We have sought for an extension for up to 10 weeks to complete our job as three weeks will not allow us to do a proper job. We have asked the NWC to look at it and have accepted and granted the permission to extend it to 10 weeks. I do not think we are going to exceed that 10 weeks.”
New chairman of the BoT, Alhaji Bello Haliru Mohammed, stressed that the PDP would engage APC in robust opposition politics and not on frivolous criticisms which he asserted was the new ruling party’s hallmark before the table turned.