The Board of Trustees (BoT) of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it has not sacked the National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, adding that it is still mediating in the crisis rocking the party.
It added that no section of the PDP constitution gave executive powers or authority to the BoT.
The clarification was made through a statement by the Publicity Department of PDP on behalf of the BoT, led by Sen. Walid Jubrin.
The statement reads in part, “The party wishes to state without any ambiguity that the report is false, null and void as there is no section of the PDP constitution that bequeath executive powers or authority to the Board of Trustees.
“The Board of Trustees is responding to the contradictory court orders against the National Caretaker Committee and the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) in order not to leave vacuum occasioned by the said court orders.
“This action of taking over the National Secretariat by the BoT began on Tuesday May 31, 2016 pursuant to Part ix, Section (5)(e) of the party constitution (as amended in 2012) which empowers the BoT as the only organ of the party vested with the assets and custodians of such assets.
“For emphasis, the PDP is one and united and the Board of Trustees as the conscience of the party is performing one of its constitutional powers by mediating in the leadership crisis that has befallen the party following the outcome of the just concluded National Convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
“The BoT therefore did not and has not sacked the National Caretaker Committee as alleged by some sections of the media. For more details, please refer to the press statement of the BoT Secretary, Amb. Chief Ojo Maduekwe titled “- To Defect or Not to Defect: The Politics and the Law” dated Wednesday June 1, 2016 in response to the purported defection of some National Assembly members.”