Senator Walid Jibrin, current Secretary of the Board of Trustee (BoT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has denounced rumours making the rounds that he would relinquish his position as the party elects another BoT chairman tomorrow.
He claimed he was duly elected and would complete his five year tenure before creating vacancy for another candidate.
Walid stated that insinuations created in some quarters that he will step down as the secretary was not true and that it was only used by a contestant to garner cheap popularity in a desperate bid to become the BoT chairman by all means.
In a statement he personally signed, Walid said that “the preparation for the process that will lead to the emergence of the PDP BoT chairman is in full gear. I will present the full list of contestants to the board to enable them decide accordingly. I want to assure you that up till today nobody has been picked and no screening has taken place.”
He advised contestants not to make the campaign for the position a-do-or- die affairs and never to apply the campaign of calumny in a desperate desire to become the BoT chairman.
“We must accept that the BoT is a concern of the party that needs a man of high integrity, honour and respect. He must be a man without any blemish record of any kind. He must garner respect of all Nigerians.
“The constitution of the party further clarifies that membership of BoT shall reflect the federal character of Nigeria. Every zone must be adequately represented especially in the case of chairman and secretary,” Walid said.
He said that the insinuations in some quarters that he will step down was a blatant lie, adding that “I was duly elected in conformity with the provision under BoT in the party Constitution, Part Nine, Section 32, Subsection 1, under A, B, C, which specifically says that the Board of Trustees shall elect Chairman and Secretary from its members and that when elected, they will serve a period of five years and no more.
That is to say that the position of the Secretary was declared vacant after the resignation of Governor Abdulahi Adamu and that vacancy was duly filled by authentic and legitimate election held.
“The insinuation therefore that I was completing a tenure for Abdulahi Adamu is dangerous and reckless and a sign of lack of full knowledge of how the party and BoT operate. I am therefore not concluding anybody’s term. Now that there is a vacancy of BoT chairman which is to be filled on the 8th of January in accordance with the constitution guidelines and anyone that emerges will serve the period of five years.
“I want to make it abundantly clear that I will never step down or resign my position of secretary because I was duly and unanimously elected by 98 members of the BoT and I have since been endorsed by my North Central Zonal Committee including all the governors and legislators in the zone.”