BY BEN AGANDE, ABUJA
The Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jubril yesterday said the board will resist the imposition of a chairman on the party noting that the party was not for sale to the highest bidder.
In a speech during the inauguration of the convention planning committee of the party in Abuja, Senator Jibrin said the era of immunity and imposition of candidates in the party are gone.
“This party is not for sale. This party must be a party of very conscious people. We are telling every delegate to reject anybody that come with money.
“We want an honest and upright person. This party will not want somebody that will come and buy his way into office. The BoT will no longer accept any leadership to be forced on the party” he said.
While noting that the reconciliatory process initiated in the party would be sustained, the BOT chairman said the party was greater than any individual.
“We must remind all of us that the party is supreme. Therefore I implore all of us to abide by this principle. Today this party is characterized by court cases. I can count about 15 court cases which is alien to the PDP. We have a constitution that set out procedure for settling grievances and for us to solve our problems internally.
“But unfortunately, rather than judging our selves our problems are going out and we are being judged by someone else outside of our constitution. The BoT has sat down to look at the issues. While we accept in principle the agreement reached for the national convention we are looking at another theory of reconciliation.
“And BoT has setup a committee under the chairmanship of Prof Jerry Gana, to look into this matter again. And to see what can be done to unite this party again. And before the convention we may likely reach full reconciliation to bring all pants together.”
According to the BoT boss, “we can’t sit down as fathers and the conscience of the party and allow things go astray. There are various committees set up to settle our problem. One of the major committees is the reconciliation committee headed by the governor of Bayelsa”
In his own remarks, chairman of the caretaker committee, Ahmed Makarfi, defended the decision to reserve the Chairmanship slot for the South-west zone but explained that it was not intended to short changed anybody.