The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received the resignation of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih.
The party, in a statement signed by the PDP’s National Secretary, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, on Wednesday night in Abuja, said Anenih resigned based on personal grounds.
The statement reads: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received the resignation of the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party, Chief Tony Anenih on personal grounds.”
According to the statement, in accepting the resignation, the NWC noted the outstanding contributions of Chief Anenih in the party over the years especially in his capacity as the Board of Trustees Chairman.
“As one of the founding fathers of the PDP, the NWC appreciates Chief Anenih’s guiding role in the party in the last 16 years and wish him well in his future endeavours.
“Consequent upon the resignation, the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin holds forth pending the election of a new BoT Chairman,” it said.
The chairman of the board of trustee of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Chief Tony Anenih resigned and in his letter refer to the meeting he held with the President earlier . Tony Anenih said he expect to hand over to the President at a ceremony on May 29 or to somebody to be chosen by the president. He also said he remains a loyal member of the party and will continue to pray for the party and the nation .Reports say that there has been calls for the party leadership to resign following the failure of the party to retain power. President Goodluck Jonathan has been under pressure to sack the leadership of the party before the handover date of May 29,2015.
The President was said to have asked Chief Anenih to resign just after the chairman of the party Adamu Mu’azu sent his resignation to the deputy national chairman Uche Sekondus. There are indications that President Jonathan may replace Anenih as the chairman of the BOT although reports say he had earlier refused the offer when members of the National working committee met him on Monday to encourage him to accept the position. It was said that he wanted to have a year break from political activities. Some leading members of the PDP said the constitution of the party stipulates that the chairman of the BOT shall be a former president. He said that amendment was made before former President Obasanjo left office and that is still the position. He said that they are going to encourage him to accept the position.
There have been calls by so many groups and individuals includung governors for the members of the national working committee and all other party structures to be dissolved.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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