Prof Jerry Gana
By Chuks Okocha
Baring any further last minute changes, the Jerry Gana-led Committee on the restructuring of the People Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) will submit its report to President Goodluck Jonathan on February 25.
It was gathered Monday that with the submission of the report, a date for the election of the chairman of BoT would be fixed and thereafter, the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) will also be fixed.
The governors elected on the platform of the party have been clamouring for a NEC meeting to address some of the leadership challenges facing the PDP. A visit to the liaison offices of the states showed that most of the governors and the state chairmen were in Abuja, but none of them would like to discuss the crisis befalling the party.
All inquiries made by THISDAY on the actual date of the NEC pointed to an election of a BoT chairman to determine the date of the NEC. It was gathered that the eventual NEC meeting would be chaotic as it would either make or mar the party.
Meanwhile, the new PDP National Auditor, Abiola Adeyanju, Monday assumed office. He was shown his office at the second floor at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
Adeyanju replaced Bode Mustapha who was sacked last Friday following the resolution of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to obey the court order that nullified his election.
He appeared at the PDP national secretariat where protocol staff of the party showed him the office occupied by Mustapha.
Although the national auditor was scheduled to be sworn-in by 3.30 p.m. Monday, due to the absence of the members of the NWC, the swearing in ceremony was postponed to Wednesday.
At the party national headquarters, members of staff of PDP were seen in groups discussing the crisis and how it might affect the party.
A member of the PDP NWC who refused to be quoted alleged that former President Olusegun Obasanjo would dump the party even as current events in the party do not favour him.
The NWC member said: “Baba (Obasanjo) is an international figure and he would like to maintain that status and therefore will not join the opposition no matter how hurt he will feel. As we talk, he is at the state house with President Goodluck Jonathan on the presidential water project summit.”
The source noted that whatever that is happening within the southwest was to the knowledge of the caucus, so as to enhance unity within the party.
He revealed that the national secretariat, after the swearing in of the new national auditor, would commence plans for the South-west congress.