8 January 2013

Nigeria: PDP BoT - Obasanjo's Successor Emerges Today

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PDP BoT race

The search for a new chairman of the PDP board of trustees has been narrowed down to 10 persons from the 20 who initially signified interest for the position, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.

A reduction in the number of aspirants means the 98-member board may not have to resort to voting as more contestants are believed to be willing to step down for certain candidates.

The candidate who emerged winner at the BOT meeting tonight in Abuja will replace former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who stepped down from the position last year.

The number of aspirants was scaled down when those who are not members of the BOT withdrew from the race because the constitution of the People's Democratic Party stipulates that only members could contest for the position of chairman and secretary of the board.

A source in the BOT told Daily Trust though there has been no formal screening to weed out unqualified aspirants, many of them lost interest when they discovered they were not qualified.

Daily Trust learnt that some aspirants who are BOT members have also withdrawn from the race as they have begun to campaign for other aspirants, leaving the contest to just six out of the 20 who initially indicated interest in vying for the position.

The 10 candidates who are members of the BOT are former Vice President Alex Ekwueme, former BOT chairman Chief Tony Anenih, former PDP national chairmen Ahmadu Ali and Okwesilieze Nwodo, former Senate President Ken Nnamani, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Chief Sunny Odogwu, Chief Don Etiebet, Chief Richard Akinjide and Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun.

Secretary of the board, Senator Walid Jibrin, confirmed to Daily Trust that the election will hold today where the list of interested members would be presented to the entire board to make a choice.

He said President Goodluck Jonathan has not interfered with the process but has so far allowed members to pick a candidate who would serve the interest of the party.

Jibrin also expressed hope that the contest would be resolved in a matured manner without rancor.

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