Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who emerged as the new National Coordinator of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during a parallel convention of the party held Saturday in Abuja, has rejected the decision to allow a caretaker committee led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, to take over the leadership of the party from Ali Modu Sheriff.
Addressing newsmen, Saturday in Abuja, Mantu, who doubled as the co-chair of the professor Jerry Gana-led “Concerned Stakeholders” of the PDP, said that in the event of crisis, the legal thing to do was for the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) to take over the affairs of the party.
“We are concerned that what is coming out from Port Harcourt may likely deepen our disagreement,” he said.
At the Port Harcourt convention, it was agreed that Makarfi should steer the affairs of the party for three months within which to organise another convention.
Mantu said: “There is a body that is constitutionally mandated to take over the affairs of the party. And that body is the conscience of the party called BoT. It is the only legal organ that is constitutionally empowered to actually takeover the affairs of the party.
Similarly, a former minister of special duties and member of the Gana-led steering committee, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, said: “In this situation, therefore, the BoT leadership must take up its responsibilities over the reign of affairs of the party and bring all members back home, for us to sit down and find a way forward.”