The Ali Sheriff faction of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected Walid Jibrin as chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the party, saying his tenure had elapsed.
Mr. Jibrin had on Monday chaired a meeting of the BoT in Abuja in which a vote of confidence was passed on the Ahmed Makarfi faction Caretaker Committee.
The meeting also directed the committee to organise a fresh national convention in Abuja.
But the Sheriff faction’s Deputy National Chairman, Cairo Ojuogboh, said on Wednesday in Abuja “for the avoidance of doubt, the functions of the BoT is well articulated in the Constitution of the party and Section 32 (5g) states that it will “offers advice on matters.”
He also said the BoT has no power in the Constitution of the party to issue executive orders on the party’s matter.
” With particular reference to Section 32 (2c), it states that “the Chairman and Secretary of BoT shall serve a term of five years and no more,” he said. “The term of Sen. Walid Jubril therefore, has expired.”
Mr. Ojougnoh also said although the faction appreciated the “good job” that the reconciliation committee headed by Bayelsa state governor, Seriake Dickson, and former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu, was doing, that it was not comfortable with the proposal of the committee that Messrs. Sheriff and Makarfi co-chair a National Executive Committee, NEC, where a unity convention will be discussed on and agreed upon.
“We, however, make it very clear that the Caretaker Committee has been declared non-existent, illegal, null and void and unknown to law.
“We, therefore insisted that the ideal thing to do is that Sheriff should convene a NEC meeting where Makarfi can attend as Board of Trustees (BoT) member and a date agreed upon for the unity convention, where a convention committee will be setup,” Mr. Ojuogboh said.
Meanwhile, Ojuogboh on Wednesday received in audience the political officer, Embassy of the United states of America, Marlin Hardinger.
Mr. Ojougboh did not however inform the media what he discussed with the American Diplomat.