The acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, on Thursday, said the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has accepted the recommendation that its tenure should end by October.
Akinwonmi disclosed this in his remarks at the opening session of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) meeting at its party National Secretariat in Abuja.
Akinwonmi said that the NWC members would soon set the ball rolling for a national convention that would usher in new leaders to pilot the affairs of the party.
He said contrary to messages on social media that PDP was dead, the party is alive and coming out stronger than before.
He said, though the party had little issues, responded quickly, saying “ we have closed ranks. We have brought out house to order.”
Akinwonmi said that the NWC met earlier on Thursday, where it invited the BoT Chairman, Sen. Walid Jibrin to observe the meeting and he offered useful advice.
“It was a full house meeting with no dissenting voice. We had a useful meeting.
“We have to come together, PDP has come together. I am a man of peace. My leaders know me that I am a man of peace, I have nothing to hide. If you ask me to stay for a date I will not stay a day longer.
“The NWC have accepted and adopted the end of October, as end of our tenure. We will soon set the machinery in motion for the convention.
“We will soon set the ball rolling for us to have our convention and have new set of officers to come and pilot the affairs of our party,” Akinwonmi said.
He said that as a farmer, he was anxious to go back to his farm in Ogun State, but he was only a child of circumstance brought to salvage the party.
Akinwonmi, who urged the party leaders to be united, called for their support to assist him navigate the PDP ship to a successful end.
“I am a member of PDP to the core. Since inception and am remaining in the party, I have not left PDP and I will not leave for any other party
“In unity, we shall succeed. In unity PDP shall regain presidency again. Let us work hard. This is the time for PDP to win. This time is better than other times.
Earlier in his remarks, Jibrin said the meeting was called to discuss current political situation in Nigeria as it affected the party.
He noted that PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus could not attend the meeting because of the court injunction that suspended him.
Jibrin who noted that the NWC had approved Akinwonmi as the acting national chairman of PDP said what he witnessed at the NWC meeting he earlier attended, showed that unity had returned to the party.
“This is an opportunity for us to put shame to those who have been moving around to say PDP is dead,” Jibrin said.
Reading the communique at the end of the meeting, Jibrin said that the BoT accepted and adopted Akinwonmi as the acting national chairman of PDP.
He said that the meeting also accepted proposals from different organs and stakeholders of the party that the elective national convention of the party should hold in October.
“We have also agreed to come with lists for the convention” adding that the next meeting would hold on Saturday before the party National Executive Council meeting scheduled for the same day.
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki, said that the meeting and the reconciliation effort going on was an indication that PDP was ready to take over the leadership for the people of Nigeria.
PDP Chieftain, Tom Ikimi, commended the party Leadership for acting rightly by appointing an acting Chairman, following the court order that suspended Secondus.
In a related development PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, briefing newsmen after the party NWC meeting held earlier said the PDP have navigated the turbulence it found itself.
“Today, like you all witnessed when you came in, there are no factions in PDP.”
Ologbondiyan added that the motion to adopt Akinwonmi as PDP acting national chairman was unanimously approved.
“It is interesting for Nigerians to know that this is in line with the provisions of our constitution.
“We are going to have a caucus meeting on Friday and the National Executive Committee, NEC will also meet in preparation for the National Executive Committee meeting, which will hold on Saturday.”