‘I Defeated Him, Smart Adeyemi Is My Political Wife’ – The Week In Quotes

 

This what was said and who said what in the public sphere within the course of the passing week.

 

  1. Be prepared for mother of all strikes
Members of the national leadership of NASU and SSANU at a press conference in Abuja on August 22, 2019. Inset: SSANU’s National Vice President (North), Mr Solomon Alfa.

University workers in the country under the umbrella of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) warn the Federal Government to brace up for an indefinite nationwide strike.

2. I want to assure you that Smart Adeyemi is my political wife; I defeated him in 2015, I defeated him in 2019 and any day any time, he is my political wife.

Kogi West: Smart Adeyemi Is 'My Political Wife' – Melaye

Senator Dino Melaye says he is not disturbed about being sacked as lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, insists he has defeated his chief opponent, Senator Smart Adeyemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

3. Slavery still thrives today, we must eliminate it.

President Muhammadu Buhari calls on Nigerians and Africans to eliminate all forms of slavery and its existence for the modern age.

4. The Embassy has requested a thorough investigation of this attack with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them swiftly to justice in accordance with German law.

Court Refuses To Order Ekweremadu's Arrest

The Nigerian Embassy in Germany says those who attacked former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu will be prosecuted under German law.

5. The solution to our problem lies with us.

President Muhammadu Buhari challenges ministers-designate to live up to the tasks ahead of them.

6. If you want to advise somebody and you are truly sincere about it and you are not out for cheap publicity, you do it in whispers.

Academic, social commentator and politician, Dr Junaid Mohammed faults the controversial letters published by former President Olusegun Obasanjo regarding the state of the nation.

7. Let me reiterate here that this administration places much premium on education at all levels, as it is the bedrock of society’s progress, and the way to overcome poverty.

President Buhari believes quality education is very important to the development of every nation, says it is the way people can be lifted out of poverty.

8. It’s not the time for cynicism in the country. It’s not the time for scepticism. If you want to be cynical or sceptical, you have a right for it but it wouldn’t do you good nor will it do the country well.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says Nigeria needs to be re-positioned rather than being unnecessarily criticised.

9. We must remain accountable to the people we serve.

FG Is More Than Mindful About Wave Of Killings – SGF

The Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha urges Ministers-Designate in President Muhammadu Buhari second term cabinet to remain accountable to the Nigerian citizens.

10. Let me talk as a Nigerian. Those who were there before, to me personally, I didn’t see any impact in their performance.

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, says he didn’t feel the impact of the returning ministers in Buhari’s first term.

I Do Not Feel Impact Of Returning Ministers, Says Bode George

The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George

 

The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, says he didn’t feel the impact of the returning ministers.

George, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, asked the newly sworn-in members of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet to discharge their duties in the overall interest of Nigerians.

“Let me talk as a Nigerian. Those who were there before, to me personally, I didn’t see any impact in their performance.

“I am hoping that having been given a second chance, they must make a difference. Nigerians are at the precipice,” he said.

The PDP chieftain believes the citizens yearn for good and qualitative governance as President Buhari’s cabinet officially kicks off.

READ ALSO: Buhari Assigns Portfolios To Ministers (FULL LIST)

He noted that Nigerians “are hungry and therefore are angry. Let them go back and make sure that this nation has given them another opportunity to have achievements at the hearts of the people of Nigeria.”

When asked if he is impressed with the deployment of former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva as the Minister of State for Petroleum, George called for the availability of fuel across the nation.

He, however, asked Sylva to convince the people of the Niger-Delta region to allow peace reign so that petroleum products can easily be accessible.

“For the last four years, fuel was flowing right through this country and there we occasions they were going to increase the petroleum prices that set up a lot of crisis.

“Now that we know it is the President himself that is the Minister of Petroleum, I will only appeal that as an oil-producing country, we must perpetually have fuel, no back-stabbing or back play.

“Timipre himself is from the oil-producing region. I hope he will be able to convince the people there that there must be peace for the easy flow of the fuel,” he said.

George’s comment comes hours after the President inaugurated his long-awaited cabinet in Abuja and also assigned portfolios to the ministers.

Buhari’s Cabinet: APC Yet To Find Its Feet In Nigeria – Bode George

The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George

 

The former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the delay in constituting President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet.

The PDP chieftain who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said the APC is yet to find its feet in the country.

“It’s absolutely despicable to watch people in the same party contesting against certain positions. Our party (the PDP), we have a way of handling this.

“And it shows you that this APC party is yet to find its feet in this country. There is only one skipper on board a ship, there is only one captain onboard a ship.

“When you hear the cacophony of voices telling you I am the leader of the party when the President as a member of the party is there, he is automatically the leader of the party,” he said.

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Speaking further, he faulted the ruling party over some reported protests by its members ahead of the inauguration of new cabinet members for the President’s second term.

“Have they been able to appoint the ministers? Is it true that protesters went to the Defence House from one group and another set of protesters from another group?” he asked.

When asked if the perceived lobbying is part of the democratic process, the PDP chief said the situation shouldn’t have degenerated into protests by groups.

“When it comes to distribution of positions to people, it shouldn’t get to that level. It means there is no proper administrative management of the party,” he said.

Nigerian Political Parties Lack Ideological Differences, Says Bode George

 

A member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Bode George, believes political parties in the country lack ideological differences.

He said this during his appearance on Channels Television’s political flagship programme, Sunday Politics in Lagos.

READ ALSO: Return Home, PDP Tells Others After Ortom’s Defection

“For me, if you look at the Nigerian politics, all political parties don’t have ideological differences – where you say far-right, far-left or centre-right, centre-left – we don’t have that,” the PDP chieftain said.

He also described the recent defection of dozens of members of the National Assembly from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to his party as ‘very good indeed’.

The erstwhile PDP National Vice-Chairman in the South-West noted that most of the defecting lawmakers were members of the opposition party who decided to return home after trying their luck somewhere else.

He was confident that the PDP has the capacity to contain the crisis that led to the exit of the lawmakers from the APC, having learned from their mistakes.

“You can’t but have such crisis and what will be the measure of the managers?” George asked, stressing that it was the capacity to handle and resolve the crisis.

“The PDP is not a contraction; the PDP is not a congregation of strange bird fellows, we have our methodologies. We have a concept, the concept by which this party was established are still there.”

Nigerian Political Parties Lack Ideological Differences, Says Bode George

 

The PDP chieftain explained that the party was established for the purpose of ensuring that there was ‘oneness and genuine cohesion’ among the various ethnic groups in the country.

He noted that Nigerians were demanding configuration, attitude, and commitment to servicing the people from their leaders.

George said the people were tired of fake promises but interested in what the government would do to satisfy their basic needs in the areas of education, job employment for youths, and infrastructural development among others.

With about seven months away from the general elections, he was hopeful that the PDP would wrest power from the APC in 2019, saying they have the right candidates.

“The question we need to ask our own electorate is are you better off today than before? If you are better off then vote APC and if you are not better off, you have that date with a history that you look and pray to God to direct you,” said the PDP BoT member.

On Tuesday last week, Dino Melaye (Kogi), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Suleiman Hunkuyi (Kaduna), Abdulazeez Nyako (Adamawa), Barnabas Gemade (Benue), Ibrahim Dambaba (Sokoto), and eight other senators had announced their exit from the APC.

Similarly, Danburam Nuhu, Mark Gbilah, Razak Atunwa, Ahmed Bichi, Abdulsamad Dasuk, Zakari Mohammed, Sani Rano, and 30 other members of the House of Representatives had also dumped the ruling party.

Obasanjo Visits Bode George Over Son’s Death

ormer President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Bode George during Obasanjo's visit to George at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, on Saturday, June 23.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Bode George during Obasanjo’s visit to George at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, on Saturday, June 23.

 

Nigeria’s former President Olusegun Obasanjo has visited his former ally and former National Deputy Chairman (South West) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, to condole with him over the death of his son, Dipo.

Obasanjo in the Saturday morning visit, led his aides and loyalists to the Ikoyi residence of George, where he urged the deceased father to take solace in God over the demise of his son.

Dipo George died last month, May 9, 2018.

“We cannot query God, but to only take solace in what He has done to you. If this does not happen, who knows what next that will happen. I have not been around but it was on my mind to come over and commiserate with you and the family. May God grant the depose eternal rest,” Obasanjo said.

ormer President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Bode George during Obasanjo's visit to George at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, on Saturday, June 23.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Chief Bode George during Obasanjo’s visit to George at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos, on Saturday, June 23.

 

In a release by Obasanjo’s media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, family members of George, who was a former military administrator of Ondo State, however, described Obasanjo’s visit as symbolic of an end to the political rift between the duo.

Bode George’s sister, Alhaja Majolagbe in her vote of thanks declared that the rift between the two was over with the visit.

READ ALSO: LIVE UPDATES: APC National Convention – Ruling Party Elects New Leaders

LIVE UPDATES: PDP National Convention


Two years and nine months after it lost its 16-year grip on power at the Federal level, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is set to elect officials that will lead it in the quest to wrest power back from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It has been a long trouble-fraught road for the PDP to get to this point after the APC swept to victory in 2015.

After a wave of defections, legal battles to top officials battling corruption charges, the PDP believes it has a great chance of regaining power.

That process is meant to start in full force with today’s National Convention where eight candidates are racing to become the National Chairman. The Chairman of the Convention Planning Committee, is the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.

The number of cleared contestants stood at nine on Friday afternoon.

READ ALSO: Bode George Withdraws From PDP Chairmanship Race

The aspirants are Uche Secondus, Gbenga Daniel, Jimi Agbaje, Rashidi Ladoja, Taoheed Adedoja, Tunde Adeniran, Raymond Dokpesi, Aderemi Olusegun and Chief Olabode George, who later withdrew from the race on Friday night.

George pulled out of the race on the eve of the race in protest. He claimed that the South West is already cheated with the entrants of aspirants from the South-South.

09.04am: Eagles Square Ready Amid Tight Security

Its a quiet start to the commencement of the PDP Elective Convention as the venue of the convention, the Eagles Square is security tight. Delegates are seen strolling into the arena for the event of the day. Security operatives are standing right in front of the various voting boots strategically placed at the square awaiting the commencement of the event of the day.

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10:45am Delegates Trickle In As Makarfi Arrives

The National Chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi arrives Eagle Square, venue of the 2017 Elective National Convention as other delegates gradually arrive the venue.

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11:15am Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Arrives

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar arrived Eagles Square, venue of the PDP 2017 Elective National Convention. Atiku and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier resigned from the party and he subsequently announced his defection to the PDP in a live video broadcast on Facebook.

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12:40am: Convention Commences

At the beginning of the convention, Delta State Governor and Chairman of Convention Planning Committee, Ifeanyi Okowa, in his speech asked for cooperation from all delegates and expressed the determination of the committee to “deliver the best elective process”. He also confirmed that some aspirants from various positions have withdrawn from the race.

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Why PDP Convention Is Holding Amid Tight Security – Aliyu

At the beginning of the convention, a Chieftain of the party and former Niger State Governor, Mr Babangida Aliyu explains why the convention is holding amid tight security saying it was necessary based on advice by foreign countries of a security threat in Nigeria, most especially in the nation’s capital.

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Gbenga Daniel, Agbaje, Three Others Withdraw From PDP Chairmanship Race 

Less than 24 hours after Chief Bode George stepped down from the PDP Chairmanship race, more candidates including former governorship candidate of Lagos State Jimi Agbaje, former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, former governor of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja have thrown in the towel.

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3:55pm: Voting Set To Commence

Following the screening of delegates, the voting will commence any moment from now, the process is delayed till the result of the constitution amendment is announced.

PDP Convention: Only One Candidate Withdrew In Anger – Wike

5:40 pm: Voting now ongoing

Voting has begun in the Peoples Democratic Party’s national convention

The voting Exercise to determine the new leadership for the party began shortly after a former Senate president David mark moved the motion for the dissolution of the Ahmed Makarfi led PDP caretaker committee.

Adeniran Walks Out Of PDP Convention, Rejects Electoral Process

Ahead of the announcement of results one of the National Chairmanship candidates, Professor Tunde Adeniran, rejected the whole electoral process, describing it as fraudulent and unfair with the emergence of a ‘Unity List’.

The list allegedly compiled by governors, contained the various positions delegates are supposed to elect aspirants to fill.

Besides each position is the name of the purported ‘unity’ candidate for the position.

‘Unity List’ Causes Outrage At PDP’s National Convention

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3:30 am: Uche Secondus Is Sworn In As PDP’s National Chairman

A former acting Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, emerged as the party’s National Chairman, ending its long and troubled quest to elect leaders after it suffered defeat in the 2015 Presidential election.

Mr Secondus defeated a former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, and Founder of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi.

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Bode George Withdraws From PDP Chairmanship Race

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has announced his withdrawal from the  PDP Chairmanship race.

Chief George made this announcement at a conference on Friday night in Abuja. He raises concerns about the fallout of the outcome of the convention.

Giving reasons for his withdrawal from the race, George said the South West is already cheated with the entrants of aspirants from the South-South.

Read Also: Expect Stronger PDP After Convention, Wike Tells Nigerians, APC

He stands with the micro-zoning principal of the party, which has been jettisoned

George also accused the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike of undermining members of the PDP in the Soputh West on a national Television when he said the South West has never contributed anything meaningful to the success of the PDP.

He was one of the candidates cleared for the contest at the national convention of the party set to hold in Abuja tomorrow.

Chief Bode George during the announcement in Abuja, on Friday night.

PDP Chairmanship: Bode George Promises To Lead Party To Victory, If Elected

The former Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority and chairmanship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has promised to lead the party to victory in the 2019 presidential election, if he is given the mandate to lead the party.

He also promises to do away with impunity and lack of respect to rule of law that characterized the party and work diligently to bring back the dignity of PDP and unite feuding members if elected in the party’s December national convention.

Mr. George made the promise when he took his campaign to the North West PDP Zonal office in Kaduna state, where the solicited the support of members of the party from the zone.

Speaking to reporters after a closed-door meeting with the PDP members, Mr George says he will deploy his experience and wisdom to rescue and position the party to regain power in 2019, as well as bring back the original concept of the party where every member will be given equal opportunity.

Those present at the meeting include a former Minister of Aviation and Kaduna state PDP chairman, Hassan Hyet, PDP North West zonal chairman, Ibrahim Kazaure, among other party leaders, who expressed hope that the best among equals will emerge at the end d of the day.

Alleged Contempt: Sheriff Threatens To Jail Makarfi, Others

Ali Modu Sheriff, Ahmed Makarfi, PDP, PDP Crisis
PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff

The crisis rocking the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not appear to be abating, even with the judgement of the Court of Appeal.

The National Chairman of the party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has asked the Court of Appeal in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to jail his rival Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and some of his loyalists over what he described as ‘contempt of court’.

The former Borno State Governor and the PDP National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, accused Senator Makarfi and others of flouting the order of the court which was delivered on February 17, 2017.

The Appeal Court had in addition to pronouncing Sheriff as the PDP National Chairman, ruled that the removal of the National Working Committee was wrong while the constitution of the caretaker committee was illegal.

Apart from the former Kaduna State Governor, Senator Sheriff also listed three other prominent leaders of the party as those to be jailed by the appellate court.

Others named as alleged contemnors are the two other members of the sacked National Caretaker Committees, Senator Ben Obi (secretary) and Mr Dayo Adeyeye (publicity secretary), and a former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode.

In the suit with APPEAL NO: CA/PH/349/2016, Sheriff asked the court to commit the four persons to prison for one year over the alleged contempt.

Apart from the four contemnors, he also listed a former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Emeka Ihedioha; a former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana; Chairman, Board of Trustees of the party, Senator Walid Jibrin; and an aspirant to the office of the party’s national chairman, Mr Bode George, as alleged contemnors.

Close Down Factional Secretariat

The PDP National Chairman, however, did not pray the court to commit Ihedioha, Gana, Jibrin and George to prison.

Rather, he asked the court for an order restraining them from “proclaiming or otherwise holding out to the public that the first to third alleged contemnors are national officers of the PDP for any purpose whatsoever”.

Listed as defendants in the case are the PDP, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Senator Sheriff and Professor Oladipo asked the court to stop Senator Makarfi and his group from parading themselves as national officers of the party.

PDP, Ahmed Makarfi
Senator Ahmed Makarfi

They also asked the court to direct the IGP and the DSS to close down the factional secretariat being operated by the Makarfi group.

Apart from that, the duo prayed the court not to transmit the records of the court proceedings to Markarfi and his group, saying they didn’t have the permission of the party to get it.

Defy Court Order

Oladipo, who signed an affidavit in support of the claim, stated that on February 17, “soon after the judgment was delivered, the alleged contemnors proceeded to address the media and to comment negatively, contemptuously, disparagingly and contumeliously on the findings and order of the court set out above.

“Rather than accept that the justice of the matter as determined by this honourable court was as expressed in the findings, holdings and order set out above, the fourth to eighth alleged contemnors made statements encouraging the first to third respondents to defy the order of the court and flout the purpose of the court’s judgment delivered on the 17th of February 2017,” he said.

The PDP National Secretary claimed that it was on this basis that the alleged contemnors placed notices in newspapers, where they convened a meeting of what they called “PDP stakeholders.

“The said meeting was held on Monday, February 20, and was attended by the fourth to eighth alleged contemnors, who made further statements encouraging the first to third alleged contemnors to defy the holdings and order of the court”.

Purpose Of The Judgment

The motion on notice for the committal of the alleged contemnors was filed by eight lawyers, led by a former Minister of Justice, Akin Olujimi, who was joined by two other Senior Advocates of Nigeria – Dr. Alex Izinyon and B. E. Nwofor – among others.

“The actions of the alleged contemnors, as shown in the affidavit in support of this application, have the effort of flouting the purpose of the judgment of this Honourable court, which purpose is to properly regulate the exercise of powers by the alleged contemnors against the applicants and first respondent; avoid any further anarchy, lawlessness and deepening crisis capable of heating up the Nigerian polity; and establish the requirements of the rule of law and due process in the administration of justice.

“Although the alleged contemnors were not parties to the action in court, it is our humble submission that they have a responsibility to ensure that they do not aid and abet the disobedience of the judgment order or treat the said judgment with disdain and disrespect,” the lawyers stated.

Senator Markarfi and the other faction of the party are believed to have filed an application seeking for stay of execution of the judgment and leave for appeal.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of Sheriff’s case, which was filed on February 24, 2017.‎

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.

Bode George Wants PDP Chairmanship, I Won’t Support Him – Fayose

Fayose, Bode George, PDPEkiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, says members of the PDP are tired of old men running the party as they are responsible for its fall from power in 2015.

Speaking on Sunday Politics, Fayose said that the controversies surrounding the party’s zoning arrangement is not an indication that they were in crisis but that the party is in a period when critical decisions are being made and interests must be protected.

According to him, the most important thing is for the party to get things right and this they are already doing.

A member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, had in an earlier interview described the PDP zoning as one capable of doing more harm than good and which would be resisted.

He was of the opinion that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

The decision of the zoning committee to zone the the party’s national chairmanship position to the northeast did not go down well with him.

 

Chief George warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

 

Reacting to this, Fayose said, “I have a lot of respected for Chief Bode George, he is our leader, we will continue to respect him but when it comes to the nitty gritty, where is the interest? You must find out the underlining factors.

“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wants to be national chairman of the party, I told him no I won’t support him.

“With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.

“I have been hearing Ahmadu Alli since 1976 when we sang ‘Alli must go’ in secondary school. Chief Bode George has been governor of Ondo State almost 40 years ago. They are our leaders and we love them but they should take the backstage.

Fayose also disagreed with the notion that the southwest had been divided over the zoning, dismissing the meeting reportedly held to discuss the zone’s seeming disapproval. He argued that the absence of PDP’s southwest governors at the meeting showed that it did not represent the opinion of the southwest.

“Chief Bode George was the convener of that meeting. Most people that came to that meeting did not know what they were coming for. We are in very peculiar times when we need to address issues differently,” he warned.

He blamed the PDP founding fathers for the party’s loss in 2015. “The grandfathers of PDP lost it in 2015, it’s (now) a new beginning, and they should pocket those stories.”

The Governor insisted that the old members do not have the capacity to rebuild the party. He mentioned Dr. Doyin Okupe as one of those who have approached him on the position and whom he would not support.

Fayose threw his weight behind the PDP zoning arrangement and the possible emergence of incumbent National Chairman Alli-Modu Sheriff as the party’s chairman at the national convention.

He revealed that every member of the party’s zoning committee voted for the northeast to retain the position of national chairman.

On allegations that he betrayed the southwest region where he belongs, Fayose said, “I was the very first person to look out for Senator Bode Olajumoke (as national chairman) mentioning that it must come to the southwest.

“But how many of them came or publicly said ‘I want to contest’? You don’t give positions to unwilling horses.

He went head to declare his support for Alli-Modu Sheriff, “He is the incumbent and he is still going to win this election.”

PDP Zoning: Bode George Explains Why Southwest Should Be Chairman

Bode GeorgeA member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has warned his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to let its zoning arrangement become another pitfall in the 2019 general elections.

George was the guest of Sunday Politics on Channels Television where he explained the controversies trailing the recent decisions made by the party’s zoning committee ahead of their national convention.

He warned that the PDP lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders of the party who are custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

“The moment you derail from what is expected to be, then you are heading to perfidy.

“This is why we are ringing the bell again; please let us correct the ills of the past, let’s move to a rational decision, democracy is about debating and discussing,” he warned.

The PDP has been attributing several reasons to its dismal performance at the 2015 elections and has vowed to bounce back to prominence in 2019 with its National Chairman, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff also promising to reconcile members and consolidate ahead of 2019.

The party’s national convention is slated for May 21, 2016 where the leadership of the party is expected to launch its comeback, but the process to that ambition of the new leadership is not enjoying a smooth ride.

Some leaders of the party in the southwest had expressed the view that if the party zones its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the north, it is the right of the southwest region to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

But when the party released the zoning arrangement ahead of the convention, the national chairmanship position was zoned to the northeast.

This has not gone down well with some of the elders who believe that the move is capable of causing the party its peace.

Impostors

Olabode George, who is one of the elders of the party, noted that his main issue with the new arrangement is that the party had deviated from the concept of zoning which the party’s founding fathers created.

He noted that this is capable of doing more harm than good as the party puts efforts into winning back its relevance across the country and it would be resisted.

There are indications that members of the party from the southwest are divided over the matter as some have thrown their weight behind the zoning arrangement and the possible reemergence of the incumbent National Chairman, Ali-Modu Sheriff, at the national convention.

Chief Bode George would not consider such groups as leaders of the party. He dismissed meetings held to support the arrangement as those by impostors who do not really matter in the hierarchy of the party.

On the possible emergence of Ali-Modu Sheriff and Uche Secondus as the party’s national chairman and deputy national chairman, Mr George said that emergence of persons as leaders should be based on their impacts on the party and their acceptability from their zones.

Beyond 2017

Chief Bode George, however, said that this arrangement could be allowed but those elected at the national convention based on it should not be in office beyond March 2017.

He explained that this is to ensure that a new chairman emerges who would midwife the emergence of the party’s presidential candidate for 2019.

“The former Governor of Jigawa had come out to say he has a presidential ambition because of the report by Ekweremadu that the Presidential candidate will come from the north.

“So, he (Sheriff) cannot continue to be the Chairman. How can the north now midwife their own presidential ambition? It doesn’t work out.”

He said further that this would also ensure that the party has two years to prepare for the 2019 comeback plan without internal issues.

“It is when you have a stable platform that you can build,” Chief George said.