The leadership crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued as the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party rising from a controversial meeting in Abuja, Wednesday, removed its acting chairman, Dr. Haliru Mohammed, and mandated the secretary, Sen. Walid Jibril, to act in his stead.
The meeting said Jibril will also combine the position of the secretary until a substantive chairman is appointed.
The meeting was convened against the directive of the acting National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.
It would be recalled that Secondus had, Monday asked the board and other organs of the party which had earlier fixed dates for their meetings for this week, to shift them till next week.
His directive, which was communicated to the BoT, was signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh.
Secondus had said the board should meet on Tuesday next week, the same day he also fixed for the meeting of the National Executive Committee.
However, briefing journalists shortly after the meeting, Jibril said that the meeting where the decision to relieve Mohammed of his position, was attended by more than 60 members.
“The BoT unanimously appointed Sen. Walid Jibril as the acting national chairman while still remaining as substantive BoT secretary.
“We appointed the former acting chairman to act for three months on May 25, 2015 and after the three months expired, the BoT met again and gave him two weeks to call for a meeting where a new chairman would be elected, since that was not done, the BoT cannot sit by and allow things to derail.”