The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has worsened as Senator Walid Jibrin on Thursday, September 8, 2022, resigned as chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees ( BoT).
Jibrin announced his resignation at a meeting of the PDP BoT, at the opposition party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
“I am stepping down as the chairman of BoT. I am stepping down to make it easier for all of us,” he said.
Jibrin has held the position for six years after taking over from Haliru Bello who was removed in 2016.
The resignation comes amid agitation for more southern leaders to be reflected in the party’s hierarchy ahead of the 2023 general elections on one hand and as a condition for supporting the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by some southern chieftains of the party on the other hand.
Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the party, is from Adamawa (north-east), Jibrin hails from Nasarawa (north-central), and Ayu is from Benue (north-central).
In 2021, Ayu reportedly said he would resign as PDP national chairman if a northerner became the party’s presidential candidate.
However, despite calls for his resignation, the national chairman has stayed put, saying that those who want him out of office “are children”.