The People’s Democratic Party, PDP took Nigerians by surprise last Monday,as it endorsed Former Minister of Defence, Haliru Mohammed as the new acting chairman of the Party’s Board of Trustees.
Haliru Mohammed choice was made contrary to expectations and calculations within and outside the party that President Goodluck Jonathan would automatically evolve to become the new BOT chairman in accordance with an earlier recommendation by Tony Anenih.
The endorsement of Haliru Mohammed, was made at a meeting which held at the Aso Rock Presidential villa, in Abuja on Monday night, May 25.
Haliru Mohammed had once served as chairman of the party as well as chairman of the team which organised Jonathan’s declaration for Presidential reelection
PDP had been engrossed in crisis following its abysmal outing in the 2015 general election resulting in former Chairman of the BOT, Tony Anenih, resigning as well as the party’s national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, stepping down after weeks of running battles with party chieftains.
Party chieftains had vehemently faulted Mu’azu for the party’s poor outing at the polls and insisted that he alongside members of the National Working Committee, NWC must step aside.
It is not however clear the extent of the tenure of the new acting chairman as it is expected that his endorsement was bound to elicit mixed reactions from party chieftains across the divides of the country.