PDP, A Lost Soul – Bode George

Chief Bode George, a foundation member and former national vice-chairman of the crisis- ridden opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called his own party a lost soul hijacked by mercenaroes even as he
withdrew from the chairmanship race

Hours after he vowed not to quit the race at the party’s convention in Abuja on Saturday, he changed his mind, noting that the party appears to have jettisoned zoning, that would have made the South West region produce the chairman.

Secondly, he noticed that the party has been hijacked by mercenaries and money bags and that the party chairmanship has been sold to the highest bidder.

Thirdly, he felt offended by what he perceived to be Governor Nyesom Wike’s insult on the Yoruba race and demanded an apology from the same.

Here is Bode George’s Statement in full:

Since the ancient days when the Yoruba people began their historical challenges on the plains and the hills of Ile-Ife, we have always been defined by our instinctive integrity, our methodical industry, our consistent loyalty and our steadfastness in protecting and defending the truth.
It is in all these characterization that I have personally lived my life. It is in all these summative portraits that I have pursued my personal and political engagements, strengthened in the resolve that truth, sincerity of purpose, fearlessness, equity, ethical balance are the basic ingredients of a purposeful life.

I have gone through many travails in my life. I have climbed the highest hills. and I have been through the lowest valleys. But in all, I have been guided by the holiest of heart’s affection, the genuine and the utmost surrender to the will of the Lord.

But I have never been afraid of a good fight.

I have never disengaged from a meaningful challenge. I have always committed myself to any struggle with absolute dedication and unflinching, resolute vision.

It is in this spirit and clarity of selfless engagement that I decided to run for the National Chairmanship position of our great party. I did not enter the contest for any personal benefits. I did not throw myself into the fray because of some pecuniary benefits.

I have come to serve. I have come to offer myself because I believe in the greater glory of our party and in the growth and development of our nation. I have served continuously for 10 years in various high level positions in our party administration, including the second highest echelon of Deputy National Chairman.

With all sense of humility, I can say that I know the workings and all the administrative processes and the tools of making our party work.

That shattering and very divisive crises of the last two years have made our party very vulnerable, weak and basically tottering on the edges of the cliff.

Less than one year before the next general election, our party must now elect new managers to direct our affairs. The foremost of these new managers is the position of the National Chairman.

In this highly challenging scenario, the party naturally needs an experienced, trusted, proven, reliable and astute administrator who can guide our party to the land of redemption and the land of triumphant rebound.

It is in this vein that I have offered my humble service to lead our party.
But more importantly, I have entered the contest on the fundamental predication of the micro zoning principle as laid down by our founding fathers.

The zoning principle, which was publicly reinforced last year in Port Harcourt, had specifically and rightly affirmed the South-West as the zone to produce the National Chairman. This binding proclamation was based on equity, fairness and natural balance that hold any organisation together.

But this old, legitimate and morally sound micro zoning principle has now been trashed, dumped in the waste bin, flung into the gutter by very little men who have compromised the pivotal moral anchor of civilised engagement for temporary selfish gains.

Everywhere you look, the Yoruba people are now being brazenly insulted. The very traditional fiber of our founding fathers are now being trampled upon, debased and soiled by external forces and mercenary traitors within.

It appears the PDP is now bent on self destruction. It has obviously allowed money moguls to dictate its thematic largeness. The party has lost its soul. It has lost its principled beginning and the predications of righteousness. It has traded the finer principles of democratic guidance and equity for the squalid, dirty and shameful resort to mercenary agenda where nothing matters save the putrid, oafish gains of the moment.

I cannot be part of this screaming aberration. And as the Atona of Yoruba land, I do not expect any well meaning, well disciplined, forthright, sincere Omoluabi of Yoruba land to continue with this deceit and shameful theater.

The Peoples Democratic Party has now mangled and distorted its soul and spirit. There is no morality here anymore. There is no sanity or any sense of enlightened civility.

As a result of these observed aberrations wherein the position of the National Chairman has been apparently sold and auctioned to the highest bidder, I, as an Omoluabi and as an authentic Atona of Yorubaland, will not partake in this charade.

I, hereby, withdraw from this brazen fraud and absolutely preconceived, monetized, mercantilist convention.

The Yoruba people have been openly maligned. The Yoruba have been savaged, tormented, treated with contempt, scurried, scoffed at, humiliated and denigrated by little men whose sun will soon set.

As a Yoruba patriot and the pathfinder of Yoruba land, I will stand by our people, I will stay with them thick or thin, I will fight for their good cause without compromising any ethics.

The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike must as a matter of priority and ethical importance tender unreserved apology to the people of Yoruba land for his unguarded utterances on national television this morning. It was a show of shame.

I thank you all for listening.


Lagos PDP Endorses Bode George For National Chair

The Lagos State Chapter of the PDP on Sunday night endorsed Chief Olabode George as their preferred candidate for the National Chairmanship position during the forthcoming Dec. 9 National Convention of the party.’

Dr Moshood Salvador, the State Chairman of PDP, gave the certification at a feedback meeting between George and members of the party, held at the party’s secretariat in GRA, Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that George had been on campaign in the Southern states of the country to seek support for votes ahead of the National Convention.

NAN reports that there are about eight aspirants jostling for the National chairmanship seat of the party from the south.

They include: the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran.

Others are: the former Minister of Youth Development, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja and former Lagos State PDP governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, Prince Uche Secondus, a former acting National Chairman of PDP, and Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Salvador said: “ On behalf of Lagos PDP, we must vote for Chief Bode George come Dec. 9; the South west is the rightful region to have the chairman of our great party.

“In the last dispensation, Ekiti produced the Vice- Chairman while Osun and Oyo states took the highest office. It is only Lagos that is left and what we want is the chairman.

“The South-east and the South-south have produced a chairman before that is why it is our turn to have the chairman of PDP,’’ he said.

Earlier, George assured members that if given the opportunity to serve, he would re-establish the culture and tradition put in place by the founding fathers of the PDP.

“If I am given the opportunity, I will not be new to the management of this party because the party’s constitution is not going to be new to me; I know its provisions as I know the back of my hand.

“We grew up with the party and the founding fathers handed over the culture of the party to us and that is what we would re-establish.

“Just check out, from the end of our convention to the national election is a very short time, it is not a time where you can do experimentation, it is not a time you can bring a green horn to be the chairman of the party.

“If you are desirous that you want to win that election, on that day before you cast your votes search your consciences and think very carefully.

“Secondly, it is not a matter of life and death, if I don’t believe that I have anything to offer, I will not be here.

“I will not compromise on things that are not right and are not in the constitution.

“ I will do things the way they should be done and everybody will be happy. That was how our founding fathers were moving the party forward ,’’ George said.

Bode George Blasts Obasanjo Over Buhari Criticism

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George has taken a swipe on erstwhile president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

The PDP chieftain asked Obasanjo to shut up and stop playing to the gallery through public criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “Condemning Buhari is not the solution but we should advise and pray for him. I believe it is too early to condemn Buhari, may be after three years, we can ask him to present his scorecard.

“I don’t believe in the approach adopted by Baba (former President Olusegun Obasanjo). Why should Baba go public in his criticism of Buhari? Obasanjo has unlimited access to the President, even if he asks Buhari to come and see him at his farm in Ota.

“I believe Buhari would go there to see him and there he would have expressed his mind on the nation’s state of affairs to the President, after all he was Buhari’s former boss in the military. But for Obasanjo to have gone public to condemn Buhari’s policy to me is like a betrayal, it amounts to playing to the gallery.”

Speaking with Sun, George also urged factional National Chairman of the PDP, Ali Modu Sheriff to accept reality, and stop any further act of prolonging the crisis rocking the party.

“Sheriff’s eyes should be open now. He has come to divine judgment. He and his followers should be remorseful and return to Makarfi’s mainstream PDP. Sheriff has been an embarrassment to PDP, he should stop further acts of rascality,” he declared.

Bode George, Okupe, Babatope, And Other PDP Southwest Leaders Shun Fayose/Mimiko Congress

The camp of Governors Ayodele Fayose and Olusegun Mimiko on Saturday depleted as some prominent PDP leaders in the South-West shunned the congress of the governors’ faction held in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The absentees included Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Doyin Okupe, Mulikat Akande, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, Taoheed Adedoja among others.

No reason were given by the party for their absence, but it may not be unconnected to a court order which stopped the congress.

But, Chief Bode George, who was also absent from the congress, sent his apology through Mr. Ola Apena to the congress.

Those PDP chieftains were earlier present in the party stakeholders’ meeting held two weeks ago in Akure, where it was agreed that the north should produce the next national chairman of the party.

However, Bode George, Ebenezer Babatope and Doyin Okupe had on several occasions made their stand known on why the party national chairman’s slot should be zone to south west.

At the congress, chaired by former Governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia, the offices were zoned to the various six states in the region.

Former Commissioner for Information, Mr. Eddy Olafeso emerged the South west Chairman of the party.

Other zonal executives of the party include Secretary, Rev. Bunmi Jenyo (Osun), Organising Secretary, Bakene Wasiu (Ogun), Youth Leader, Femi Akintola (Oyo), Women Leader, Ronke Ajigbeda (Ogun).
Others include, Publicity Secretary, Abiola Makinde (Ondo), Financial Secretary Hon. Afoji (Lagos), Auditor, Bili Aminu (Oyo), Treasurer, Adeola Ogunrinde (Ekiti) Legal Adviser, Chief Ojo Williams (Osun).

Mimiko appealed to the members of the party in South West to be determined to restore the glory of the PDP.

He said the actions or inactions of PDP South West will determine the future of the party in the country.

His words, “the future of our party depends on our actions an inaction in the zone.

“Based on the performance of All Progressives Congress (APC), there is no doubt that our party has a bright future. Despite all the bright chances PDP has, we still have a lot of work to do.

“We must work toward the future that beacons. Whether anybody likes it or not, South West remains the leading light of politics in this nation.

“This time comes for us to be able to stand up for what is right with history of integrity and progressives. Let us be determined to do what is right for our party.

“There is no doubt that there have been issues surrounding this congress but I am very sure that the truth shall prevail.

“Those who gathered in this hall are the movers and shakers of politics in South West PDP and I want to appeal that we stand firm because they are a lot of work ahead of us.

“Let me repeat what I have said in our last meeting, Fayose and I are on the same page and working together for the progress of our party in the zone. And we urge other leaders to join hands with us.

Fayose on his part said the problems in the PDP was an internal problem.

He warned the judiciary to be careful of granting court orders to people who cannot win elections by popularity.

The elected South west Chairman, Olafeso said whether people liked it or not, PDP had provided direction for the country.

“Our dear country is not enjoying the best of time. The exploit of PDP in agriculture, political stability and economic stability have been reversed by the APC.

“The party in power has reneged from all electioneering promises it made to Nigerians and despite 15 days to a year in its office, APC is still blaming PDP”, he said.

PDP leaders, who attended the congress include senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Biodun Oluji, former Minister, Mr. Adedayo Adeyeye, Hon. Oladipo Adebutu, Senator Yele Omogunwa.

Others include Ekiti Deputy Governor, Kolapo Olusola, Segun Adegoke, Olu Agbi, Oluwole Kolawole, Bayo Fagboriji, Ajayi Oyedepo, Ondo State Assembly Speaker, Jumoke Akindele.

Bode George Declines To Criticize APC Over New Fuel Price

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, said he refrained from criticising the policies of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government because resolving the crisis in his party was more important.

George said it was unnecessary to condemn the policies of the APC now because the party had pleaded with Nigerians that they should be given time.

Speaking in an interview with our correspondent on Thursday, George said he refused to comment on the increase in fuel price because the PDP had to remove the speck in its eyes before seeing that of the APC.

When asked to comment about the fuel price increase, he said, “No comment. No comment for now. It is not yet time to criticise President Muhammadu Buhari or the All Progressives Congress because we in the PDP are in a crisis and we are trying to rebuild our own house.

“We have to remove the speck in our own eyes before we can see the one in the eyes of the others. The APC and the President have asked for time to deliver on their campaign promises and we are watching. For now, whether it is fuel price hike or other government policies, I will say no comment.

“We are busy holding meetings in order to rebuild the PDP and it would be unnecessary to make any comment yet. As I speak to you, I am in the middle of a meeting; our party is trying to resolve its crisis.

“The next general election is still very far away. It is three years away from here. In the fourth year of this government, when elections are around the corner, this present government would have almost finished its tenure. It is then we can roll out our plans and be able to make a good critique of the Buhari government.”

I Love Jonathan, But He Shouldn’t Have Run Again For Presidency – Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has declared that the immediate past president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan should not have participated in the 2015 presidential election.

It would be recalled that in the build up to the epic election, Fayose was a major supporter of the ex-president who is alleged to have deployed federal might and resources in installing him as the Ekiti State Governor in 2014.

But speaking on Channels TV programme: Sunday Politics, Fayose said: “In my opinion, the only thing Jonathan did that I keep saying, that I hardly want to say, is that if I were him I wouldn’t have contested.”

This was after he pointed out that he is “an ardent supporter of former President Goodluck Jonathan, I love him, I would continue to defend his cause, I would continue to stand up for him, because he did well.”

The Governor disclosed that those who encouraged Jonathan to run did not even allow him to get back home, after the defeat, before saying they had retired from politics.

“The people that went to tell Jonathan, that convinced him to run, making him to understand that at 58, when he would be done, how would a young man be 58 and say I’m done with presidency, they were the first set of people who said we have retired from politics.

“They didn’t even allow him to get home, before they said that. All leaders are coming out today to say they want to rebuild. Rebuild what? What you destroyed? You don’t have capacity to do it,” he said.

Fayose, who revealed that Bode George is interested in becoming the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, insisted that the elders of the party must take the back seat for causing PDP’s defeat in the last presidential election.

Bode George Sues For Peace And Unity In PDP Ahead Of Convention

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Bode George, on Tuesday appealed to party members to be peaceful and united during the forthcoming party congress.

Mr. George, a former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, made the plea at the Lagos State PDP General Assembly held at the party secretariat in GRA, Ikeja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting, attended by party chieftains and faithful, was organised to prepare for the forthcoming party congresses scheduled to commence on April 30.

It was also to prepare for the local government polls in the state.

Mr. George said the PDP remained a party to reckon with and urged the party members not to let it go down.

“Today, PDP has become an Iroko tree. This party must not go down. I want to beg you that even when we disagree, let us allow the people to decide in our congresses.

“Let’s avoid personal interest; let’s do away with imposition; only the competent people should be elected into positions. Please, go about the congresses peacefully, I am pleading.

“We have to be united since everybody cannot become a leader; everybody cannot become chairman. Only one person can do it.

“Let’s support whoever God has ordained to lead. PDP will win hands down if other contestants of any post support whoever emerges as winner,” he said.

The party chieftain said there was no division or faction in the party in the state.

Another chieftain of the party, Adeseye Ogunlewe, urged the leadership of the party to give room for the youth in the forthcoming ward, local and state congresses.

According to him, the older generation in the party should leave the party leadership for the youth in order to give hope and future to the party.

“We need youths to take over the leadership of the party at the ward, local, state and even national level; let’s give them a chance.

“The youths should do it, let the older people leave the youth alone; they are matured enough,” he said.

Mr. Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works, urged party elders to avoid greed and support youths with good counsel in order to move the party forward.

He also advised the youth to shun all forms of violence during the congress.

On the party leadership tussle, Mt. Ogunlewe said that Mr. George remained a leader to beat in the party.

Earlier, the State Chairman of the Party, Tunji Shelle, said the meeting was to prepare party members for the forthcoming council polls in the state and the national convention of the party.

Mr. Shelle said; “We are fully prepared in Lagos State for the convention and we expect other states to follow suit. The state is preparing for the 2019 elections too.”

The chairman said that the party would field good candidates in all council elections.

PDP Chairmanship Should Be Zoned To South-West – Bode George

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George has called for the party to zone the chairmanship position to the South-West arguing that the zone had yet to produce a PDP chairman since the inception of the party.

George, however, said he had no interest in taking the chairmanship personally but that several people had pushed the idea to him.

He stated this when he addressed newsmen shortly after his return from an overseas trip.

The elder statesman also called on the interim national chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sherrif to honour his word to hand over to an elected chairman at the National Convention on May 21 this year.

The PDP leader, in his address entitled: ‘Our Party at crossroads’, strongly debunked the reports in some quarters that he was interested in the chairmanship position, asserting that, “I have no plan, no ambition, slide or straightforward looking for it”.

He, however, said that a lot of his friends, elders of the party had been saying that if the position was zoned to the South West they will push him for it.

He said they were saying this because “you know we are in opposition, there is no Villa any more, no president from our party. Therefore, management of the party must be different, it has to be serious strategic thinking, intellectually bias to reasoning and discourse and network with the people for you to take decision.”

George added that, “On the issue of national chairmanship, based on the spirit of equity and fairness which is the foundation and principle upon which our party was build by our founding fathers, the South West deserved the national chairmanship now.

“This is the right and proper thing which must be done. The South West is a significant zone for the Nigeria federation which cannot and must not be treated with levity.”

He also blamed the delegation that went to the party’s National Executive Committee, NEC, for saying that the South West was not interested in the chairmanship position, describing it as a sad development.

“My reaction is that when we started the journey to rebuild the PDP in the South West, none of those people was a member of the party. None of them. Some of them along the line, they jumped on board the ship. The constitution, the foundation, the wherewithal which attracted them to join the party, they had no understanding. How can anybody in a family be washing his dirty linen in the market? It is like one is bringing curse home. Let them come and tell Yoruba people that they don’t want something good for them and see what would happen.

“They were even saying that the chairmanship should remain in the north. Are they really Oodua sons?”

Speaking further, he said “Let the zoning committee do its work, the report must be based on just, equity and once the committee submit its report, it is not a mushroom organisation, it will be discussed at the national caucus, at the BOT and then it will go to the NEC of the party for final approval and disapproval”.