The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has emerged as the new Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum.
This is coming following the resignation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday.
Makinde emerged new chairman at the PDP National Executive Council Board meeting in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Earlier, the NEC passed a vote of confidence on the PDP National Chairman Senator Iyorchia Ayu, putting to rest the clamour for his (Ayu’s) resignation by some aggrieved party members.
A total of 397 members of the NEC including past national chairmen of the party, the immediate past Vice President of the country, Namadi Sambo, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, among others were accredited for the meeting.
All the 397 members of the NEC present at the meeting voted in support of Ayu to continue as the chairman of the party.
Also, the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, Walid Jibrin, resigned from his position.
He said the decision was made to ensure the party’s presidential candidate emerged victorious in the 2023 elections.
Jibrin said he was sure he would be considered for a bigger position if Atiku wins next year’s presidential election.
He said, “I took this decision based on what I said in the past. I said that all we want to make sure of is that Atiku Abubakar becomes the President by all means, and that is why I sincerely decided to step down from the BoT. I discussed this with the candidate and he agreed with me. I am sure if the party wins, I will be given a bigger position.”
However, few minutes after his resignation, a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara, was named the BoT acting Chairman.
Wabara, who was before now, the Secretary of the PDP BoT, would be appointed to the presidential campaign council of the PDP.