A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former military governor of Ondo State, Chief Bode George, has vowed that he will not vote for the party’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakr in the next year’s election
In a chat with Arise TV today, December 13, George, who is one of the prominent members of the PDP who had supported the call for the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to step down, said: “I will not vote for the presidential candidate of our own party. Let them sit down and think over it. It is not negotiable; every Nigerian is important for this election.”
Saying that the lingering crisis bedeviling the party might cause its defeat in the 2023 presidential election, Bode George said: “until this party returns to the founding fathers’ principles of unity with equity, fairness and justice being the pedestal for any political decision taken in this party, and ensuring broad-mindedness to accommodate the concerns of all zones in this country, PDP becomes vulnerable to disaster in the 2023 elections.
He said that the South West has not held the position of the national chairman since the party was founded and it must be corrected before the 2023 elections.
“It is not a solution that cannot be handled. All we are saying is give what belongs to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Give us what belongs to us; Turn-by-turn Nigeria limited.
“Take for example, what I am angry about is: the first chairman was the late Solomon Lar from North Central, the second chairman, North-Central, the third chairman, Audu Ogbe, was from North-Central, the fourth chairman, Amadu Ali, from North-Central; Kawu Baraje, from Kwara, was also North-Central. Now you have Ayu, also North-Central.
“The South-West has never enjoyed this position since the party started almost 25 years ago. What is our crime? If you are telling us you want to rule this country, you have to weave all the tribes and all the people together.”
Source: Daily Trust..