Walid Jibrin replaces Haliru Bello as PDP BoT chair


The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has replaced the embattled chairman of the Board, Haliru Mohammed Bello with Senator Walid Jibrin.

Mohammed is currently standing trial for his alleged involvement in the $2.1 billion arms purchase scam, allegedly spearheaded by the immediate past National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki who is also on trial.

Until his elevation yesterday, Jibrin was the Secretary of the BoT. He will occupy the position in an acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive chair. He will combine his new role with being secretary.

The decision was conveyed by Jibrin at a briefing in Abuja yesterday.

It was contained in a communique issued after a meeting of the BoT held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel.

The party organ also declared its unflinching support for the Northeast zone for the position of National Chairman to replace Prince Uche Secondus who is acting chair.

A court in the Federal Capital Territory had in November 2015, ordered Secondus to vacate the position within 14 days, but Secondus said he had filed an appeal against the order.

Jibrin said the Northeast zone would meet next week to pick a National Chairman to replace Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu who resigned last May.

“The Northeast is going to meet to consider members short listed and bring them to Caucus, BoT and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings for final approval”, he stated.

According to him, Haliru Bello Mohammed was appointed BoT chair on May 25, 2015 to act for three months and that the three months had long expired.