Amidst persistent leadership crisis within the opposition peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the outgone National Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday formally handed over power to the Interim NEC of the party in Abuja.
The Party's embattled interim National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff had earlier shunned a peace meeting called by the leadership of the party. Sheriff had insisted he remained the national chairman and had as well approached a court to that effect.
The Interim NEC is headed by a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
At the handing over at the party’s secretariat at Wadata Plaza, Abuja, the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, said: “The party is one and is strong.
“On behalf of members of the former National Working Committee of the PDP, I am here to handover to the Caretaker Committee Chairman.
“We are ready to work with you.
“We are ready to cooperate with you.”
Secondus enjoined party leaders at all levels to go back to their localities and rebuild the party.
He said all politics is local.
He said it is not enough to remain in Abuja and claim to have a large following.
The Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, said the body did not take over the running of the affairs of the party as earlier reported.
Jibrin said the BoT only held the assets and liabilities of the party in trust.
He appealed to party members of the party to cooperate with the Makarfi-led Interim Caretaker Committee to enable it deliver on its mandate.