REVEALED: Reasons behind Anenih’s resignation as PDP BoT chairman

By Post Nigeria May 21, 2015 09:54

REVEALED: Reasons behind Anenih’s resignation as PDP BoT chairman

The Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tony Anenih, who resigned on Wednesday, explained that his actions were to enable President Goodluck Jonathan take over the position.

Anenih had initially cited the current state of affairs in the party and “personal reasons” as his rational for resignation.

See: Tony Anenih resigns as PDP BoT chair

Anenih, in a one page letter to President Jonathan, the leader of the party, said his decision to quit would enable the President to effectively assume the chairmanship of the BoT.

The letter was dated May 20, 2015 and titled: “Notice of my decision to step down as Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party.”

The letter reads: “Your Excellency will recall that in a conversation I had with you a few weeks ago, I had offered to step down from the office of the Chairman of our party’s Board of Trustees and proposed to hand over to you as its new Chairman in a ceremony that would have taken place on the 23rd of May, 2015. I had also repeated this position in our subsequent meetings.

      “As a follow up to the above proposal and in view of the current state of affairs in our party, I have decided to formally put my offer in writing to enable you effectively assume the Chairmanship of Board of Trustees or approve a process that will enable any other member of the BoT who is considered competent, to assume the position.

“Kindly accept therefore, this letter as notice of my decision to step down from the position of Chairman of the BoT of our party with effect from today, the 20th of May, 2015.

“I am happy to inform you that, I remain a loyal foundation member of our great party and will continue to pray for the prosperity of Nigeria, our party, and for you and your family.

“Your Excellency, kindly accept the expression of my highest regards.”

Anenih’s resignation came barely hours after the embattled National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, resigned on “health grounds.”

See: Mu’azu resigns as PDP chairman

The entire leadership had been under pressure to resign following the colossal beating the party took at the March 28 and April 11 elections.

It will be recalled that on the eve of his exit from office, former President Olusegun Obasanjo had caused the PDP Constitution to be amended to reserve the BoT chairmanship of the party for past Presidents.

The constitution was, however, altered during the 2012 Convention to open the position for others.

Anenih, who had been the PDP BoT Chairman before Obasanjo, was reappointed into the position when the former President resigned in April 2012.