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Bode George: I Can Help Stabilise PDP Until After 2023 General Elections

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….Says Secondus Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Organise National Convention

Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Dem­ocratic Party (PDP), on Sun­day said he is ready to offer his service to reposition the party and lead it to victory in the 2023 general elections if the stakeholders want him to vie for the position of national chairman.

George, a former military governor of old Ondo State, was one of the leading aspi­rants for the position in 2017 but disunity in the South-West chapter of the party paved the way for Prince Uche Secon­dus who is from Rivers State in the South-South region to win the election.

Now with opposition to Secondus’ continued stay in office by the party stake­holders led by his erstwhile benefactor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, George’s name alongside that of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former Osun State governor; Eyitayo Jegede, PDP governorship candidate in Ondo gover­norship election, and Liyel Imoke, former Cross Rivers State governor, are being tout­ed as possible replacement for Secondus, who is also said to be making moves to secure reelection for a second term.

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Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, George said as a com­mitted member of the PDP, a party he laboured with other eminent Nigerians to form, he will offer his help if the elders in the party ask him to come and use his wealth of experi­ence to reposition it ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Bode George: I Can Help Stabilise PDP Until After 2023 General Elections

He said, “I think if you are a committed member of any organisation and they need your support at a critical time like this, then you should be willing to assist. If I am asked to come and help the PDP, a party I love so much, why not?

“Between now and the next election, we need all the right minds to come to the table and stabilise our platform and prepare our party for the elections. If they ask me to come, I will serve, at least effectively until after the gen­eral elections”.

Speaking with Daily Inde­pendent, George said as a com­mitted member of the PDP, a party he laboured with other eminent Nigerians to form, he will offer his help if the elders in the party ask him to come and use his wealth of experi­ence to reposition it ahead of the 2023 general elections.

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He said, “I think if you are a committed member of any organisation and they need your support at a critical time like this, then you should be willing to assist. If I am asked to come and help the PDP, a party I love so much, why not?

“Between now and the next election, we need all the right minds to come to the table and stabilise our platform and prepare our party for the elections. If they ask me to come, I will serve, at least effectively until after the gen­eral elections”.

“I have thought about it and I said ‘look, I am tired’. But if the party leaders now think I should go for the position of national chairman, I will offer them my service. As long as there is life, there is hope”. ­

“All we need now are men who have proven integrity and capacity to manage the affairs of the party. We need dedicated and committed men who will be fair, just and equi­table. Those three tripods are the main tenets that our party requires now”.

Speaking on the readiness of the PDP to dislodge the rul­ing All Progressives Congress (APC) as the ruling party at the centre, George said he was happy that the stakeholders have agreed that the Uche Sec­ondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) is unfit to lead the party to victory and should step aside for compe­tent managers to take charge of the affairs of the party.

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“I am happy that all our people are now saying the cur­rent leaders managing the af­fairs of the party should take a step aside and let’s bring in the best of brains to help the party. I will appeal to our peo­ple; we must have all hands on deck to save our party. It is not a personal issue now.

“The party platform is wobbling very badly and we must be able to stabilise it and allow it to get itself ready to contest against those in gov­ernment now.”

On the forthcoming con­vention of the party sched­uled for October, George said Secondus and current members of the NWC should not be allowed to interfere on how the congresses and con­vention will be conducted as they cannot be judges in their own case.

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Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

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The Chairman of the Senate Committee of Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, on Wednesday, ruled out any third political force, noting that the 2023 elections will be a contest between the ruling All Progressives Congress and the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

The Senator representing Osun Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly spoke on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ current affairs programme monitored by The PUNCH.

Specifically, Basiru said the Rescue Nigeria Project unveiled on Tuesday by ex-Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega; foremost Nigerian Professor of Political Economy, Pat Utomi, alongside several politicians, would fail.

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According to him, an “assemblage of failed politicians” cannot say they want to rescue Nigerians or give a third force to the country in 2023.

“The so-called Special Rescue Project is a special purpose vehicle which is bound to fail and it would fail definitely,” he stated.

Senate spokesman says 2023 elections is between APC, PDP

Continuing, Basiru said, “As far as I am concerned, you can mark today’s date, nothing serious would come out of the so-called effort that is put in place.”

“In this country, setting up political parties have become business and for some people, they set up political parties to have opportunities of speaking on national television, some opportunities to also relate with other politicians and get something or the other but they are not really serious politicians.

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“As far as I am concerned today, if electoral contest is anything to go about today, you can only mention political parties like APC, PDP, APGA –may be in a particular state, and some splinter parties.

“The truth is that the 2023 election is going to be about a choice between the APC, my political party and the party of President Muhammadu Buhari, and the PDP. The other people, the third force, there was a time some people even named their own political party, Mega Political Party, at the end of the day, Mega Political Party never had a councillor not to talk of a chairman.

“I want to say with all sense of responsibility that it is wrong to say that the APC should be thrown away. My party, the APC has brought quantum development in all aspects,” the Senator stated.

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“We are the best that has ever happened to the country since 1999 and we are going to continue to provide leadership to the country beyond 2023. I am very confident about that,” he stated.

But reacting on the television programme, Yunusa Tanko, a member of the National Consultative Front, which floated the Rescue Nigeria Project, lambasted the Senator for his “grandstanding”.

Tanko insisted that his group would provide better alternatives for Nigerians who are tired of the failure of the ruling APC.

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Only APC Leaders Know Why They Allowed Kayode Into APC – El-Rufai

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has stated his position on the defection of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

El-Rufai said only APC leaders who brought Fani-Kayode back into the party could explain why they allowed him.

He stated his position while responding to journalists who asked for his response on Fani-Kayode’s defection at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to El-Rufai: “I don’t comment on the decisions and actions of the leaders of the party. They have the job of running the party and they have to make the judgment on who to bring into the party.

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“And you know politics is a game of addition. So you want to add and add. And they have taken that decision. But I don’t comment on that because they are the ones running the party.

Only APC Leaders Know Why They Allowed Kayode Into APC – El-Rufai

“If I bring someone to Kaduna and you asked the Kaduna State Government to explain, I will explain. I don’t know how to run the party.

“I was deputy national Secretary for a short while and it was the only experience I had in party management. So I won’t comment on that.”

The former Aviation Minister had last week defected to the APC, after u ars of criticizing the ruling party.

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Fani-Kayode’s defection was made public when he was officially presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He was presented to the president by APC acting National Chairman, Mai Mala-Buni.

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the refusal of the Buhari Presidency to expose the names of sponsors Boko Haram and other terror groups in Nigeria.

The opposition said Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) government are giving the impression of “official cover for terrorists and bandits pillaging the nation”.

In a statement on Tuesday, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan lambasted the government for saying it would not expose the identity of terror masterminds.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had revealed the names of six Nigerians funding Boko Haram in a list of more than 50 individuals and entities.

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“The decision of the APC-led government to cover the identities of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, rapping, kidnapping of our compatriots as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.

“This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.

If you are not sponsoring Boko Haram then expose sponsors – PDP dares Buhari

“Nigerians can see why the APC-led administration has failed to take decisive steps to tackle terrorism, why it prefers to negotiate with terrorists and even makes case for them, instead apprehending and prosecuting them, as witnessed in the beheading of rice farmers in Borno state.

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“The PDP had always alerted of a connection between the APC and terrorists ravaging various parts of our nation and how the APC, as a party, had always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.

“Nigerians can recall how the APC vehemently defended and still habours the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, a self-confessed terrorism apologist, despite national outcry and demand for his sack.”

The PDP added that the APC has failed to account for bandits, thugs and hoodlums imported from neighboring countries to unleash violence on Nigerians and muscle the 2019 elections.

The party said if the APC and its administration have nothing to cover, they should publish the names of terror backers “instead of this vexatious desperation to provide official cover for them”.

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