PDP has no plan to change identity – BoT chair

Amidst insinuations that erstwhile ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) may change its identity towards the 2019 general election, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, has denied such plan.

The PDP lost power in 2015 after 16 years of ruling the country and its recent push to regain power had spurred insinuations that it may surrendered its symbol – the umbrella, to appeal to Nigerians, who massively rejected it in the last general election.

But denying abhoring such plan in a statement on Monday, Jibrin said the party will not only retain its symbol but also slogan, “Power to the People” will not be tampered with.

The PDP chieftain who vowed to turn down any of such proposal, declared the resolve also of the party’s highest advisory body to stand firm against the persecution of its members, including former governor in the name of fighting corruption.

“The BoT is ever ready to stand against any plot to frame PDP leaders, including serving governors, past ministers, past governors and all members.

“Please keep the umbrella and our slogan ‘power to the people’ very intact,” he added while congratulating the national chairman of the party “for working hard towards making the party stable.”

On why new members of the BoT are yet to be inaugurated, Jibrin explained that it tarry a bit to ensure the the party meets the requirement in the amended constitution of the party.

Recall that delegates at the December 9 National Convention of PDP ratified the amendment of the party’s constitution.

The BoT chairman said he is working very hard with the state chairmen and “our six national vice chairmen to bring forth very able, responsible, experienced and respected members into BoT.

“Once the exercise is concluded, the new BoT members and already existing members will now be inaugurated,” he stated.

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