A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has debunked reports in some quarters alleging that he was interested in the chairmanship position, asserting that he has “no plans, no ambition, slide or straightforward looking for it”.
The elder statesman, in his address entitled: ‘Our Party at crossroads’, said there was a need for the PDP to zone the chairmanship position to the South West region, as the region had not produced chairman since the formation of the party in 1999.
“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 built 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,” George said.
He 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.
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.
“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?”
“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”.