PDP BoT In Tension Over Support For Presidential Aspirants

All is not well among the members of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over their support for the party’s presidential aspirants.

The Board had, at its meeting last week, directed its members to be neutral and not declare any private or public support for any of the party’s 13 presidential aspirants.

But at the inauguration of one of the presidential aspirants, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in Abuja on Thursday, three members of the BoT were in attendance.

They were John Nwodo, Vincent Ogbulafor, who was both former National Chairman of the party and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, according to The Punch.

Jibrin had said, “If you are a member of BoT, you remain as a member of the BoT and the conscience of the party. They should not move about with any aspirant.

“If we are really the conscience of the party, we should not move about with aspirants. That was what happened during the last national convention when we elected the national chairman.

“Some of us went and pitched camp with aspirants, taking them all over the place. This time, we will not allow that to happen.

"Anyone of us who move about with any aspirant should resign from the BoT. We are the one that will settle the complaints.

“But if we are involved, it will not be fair. So, we have told the members not to campaign with the aspirants; we are also the delegates. ”

The Punch gathered that the board discussed the matter at its meeting before having discussions with the aspirants in Abuja on Thursday night.

When The Punch called Jibrin about the flouting of the board’s directive, he said he would speak on the matter on Friday (today).

“We will address it on Friday when I will be briefing you on the outcome of our meeting with the aspirants,” he said.