Old Men Like Bode George, Others Are Responsible For The Fall of PDP From Power – Fayose

Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, has declared he will not support the ambition of former Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, to become the national chairman of the party in the forthcoming party’s convention.

He said this was because members were tired of old men running the party as they were responsible for its fall from power in 2015.

Fayose made the declaration while speaking on a Channels TV programme on Sunday, insisting that the controversies surrounding the party’s zoning arrangement was not an indication that they were in crisis.

According to him, it is a sign that the party is in a period when critical decisions are being made and interests must be protected, contending that the most important thing was for the PDP to get things right and this they were already doing.

George, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, had, in an earlier interview on same programme, described the PDP zoning arrangement ahead of the coming national convention as one capable of doing more harm than good, saying there was need to resist such.

He expressed the belief that if the party zoned its presidential candidacy in 2019 to the North, it was the right of the South West to have the party’s national chairmanship position.

The party chieftain, who rejected the decision of the zoning committee to zone the PDP’s national chairmanship position to the North East, said the party lost in 2015 because of its disregard for the opinions of some elders who were custodians of the culture of the party and its logic in making major decisions.

In his reaction, Fayose said he had a lot of respect for Chief George as leader of the party, but quickly pointed out that the party chieftain was rather pursuing a personal and selfish interest as he had once approached him on his ambition to vie for the PDP national chairmanship post in the coming party’s national convention.

He equally said Dr. Doyin Okupe had approached him for same purpose, declaring that Okupe would never get his support.

Fayose said he is in support of the PDP zoning arrangement and the possible emergence of incumbent National Chairman, Senator Alli Modu Sheriff as the party’s chairman at the national convention, disclosing that every member of the party’s zoning committee voted for the North East to retain the position of national chairman.

“He (Sheriff) is the incumbent and he is still going to win this election,” he vowed.

Fayose said he told Chief George that he won’t support him, pointing out that elders like him should now take a backstage as people were tired of seeing the same old faces again.

“I have a lot of respect 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 had been governor of Ondo State almost 40 years ago. They are our leaders and we love them but they should take the backstage,” he said.

While maintaining that the South West PDP was not divided over the zoning, Fayose dismissed the meeting reportedly held in Lagos recently to discuss the zone’s seeming disapproval.

The governor submitted that the absence of PDP governors from the zone at the meeting showed that it did not represent the opinion of the South West.

“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.

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

On allegations that he betrayed the South West, Governor 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 South West.

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

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