Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud announced three names as his successor during the closed door meeting of the PBB supreme council.
They are deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, vice-president Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and information chief Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
Party insiders, who were at the meeting, confirmed with The Star that the three names were offered by Taib, one of whom would succeed him.
At a press conference after the meeting, which was chaired by PBB constitution committee chairman Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar, reporters could not get a confirmation on the names.
When specifically asked if the list of successors boiled down to the three names, Asfia replied: “It’s possible”.
At the same time, outside PBB’s meeting room where the press conference was taking place, Awang Tengah told reporters he would “support whoever he (CM) decides on”.
Johari, who personally sent off the Chief Minister at the lobby after the meeting, was tight-lipped. “It is better you go and ask Asfia at the press conference upstairs (in the meeting room). You better ask (Asfia) not for me (to say to prevent) conflicting statement.”
In the media frenzy, Adenan had left PBB headquarters without being asked for comments.