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Do You Agree With Bode George That PDP May Lose the 2023 Elections?

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Chief Olabode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has cautioned that the opposition party may lose the presidential election next year due to crisis.

He claimed that the outcome of the platform in the polls for 2023 will depend on how the lengthy leadership crisis is addressed.

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If the national chairman, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, does not step down, George warned that the PDP may become polarized and split into the Northern Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP) and Southern Peoples Democratic Party (SPDP).

Let me state unequivocally that a national chairman and a presidential contender cannot be from the same region, he remarked.

Naval Commodore George discussed the effects of the party’s exclusion and inequality tactics with reporters in Lagos.

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The party senior, who was present with his wife Rolly, Senator Kofoworola Akerele-Bucknor, and other party leaders, encouraged Ayu to keep his word and step down if the North presented itself as the preferred choice for president.

He complained that because the candidate, the chairman, and the campaign director are from the North, the PDP had broken the inclusivity ideal.

According to George, it would be ideal for the Southwest to hold the role of national chairman in order to foster a sense of inclusion, belonging, equity, and justice in the area.

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The party senior claims that PDP is in “clear and present danger,” which could close the window of chance for victory.
He claimed that the party’s coherence and unity are being sacrificed to maintain misguided personal interests.

He said, “We shouldn’t let any sentiment, whether it is racial or religious, divide us. Unfortunately, given what we are seeing right now, if we continue to ignore or fail to address the sense of “alienation” and complaints being felt by the entire Southern population of this great country, our party may lose the next presidential election. We cannot count on their support if this issue is ignored.

“We should be seen to champion good causes rather than racial agendas. In this nation, ethnic groups are on the verge of disintegrating. It has never been this bad historically and Nigerians are waiting for us to change the situation of things for the better.

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”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. Unless we are united, with equity, fairness and justice, our party may be fragmented before 2023.

”In May this year, we elected our presidential candidate in the person of HE. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, setting aside the principle of rotation as enshrined in the constitution of our party in the interest of peace and unity of our party. Today, we are in a situation in which our National Chairman is from the same zone as our presidential candidate.

”Some people are insisting that there is nothing wrong with this present arrangement. Some have argued that this happened during Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, where the candidate and the national chairman were from the same zone.

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”Let the truth be told, there are remarkable differences in the scenario then and now. Then we had the leader of the party who was then a sitting president from the South and the candidate was from the North.

”In addition, the National Chairman, Dr Ahmadu Ali, was then on his way out. Today we have no sitting President from our party in Aso Villa so, that argument falls flat. We need to stop playing games and being zombified.”

 

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