I must begin by saying that Chief Olabode George, Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has the right to withdraw or contest any party election. But in exercising his right, Chief George must realise that other politicians also have rights on who to support in a contest.
This evening, Chief George withdrew from the contest for the position of National Chairmanship of the PDP. Rather than restrict his withdrawal on the issues on ground, Chief George decided to cast aspersions on the person of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and also misrepresent the governor’s comments during his appearance on Channels Television Sunrise Daily.
It is sad that Chief Olabode George, after confirming that he has no base ahead of the National Convention, would resort to blackmail against Governor Wike. It is most unfortunate that Chief Olabode George would falsely allege that Governor Wike debased the Yoruba race in the well received appearance on Channels Television.
Governor Wike raised a few salient points as they relate to the South-West. These points were political in nature and are realistic, but responsible assessment of the political scenario from the PDP standpoint.
First, Governor Wike made it clear that there was nothing like micro-zoning of National Chairmanship of the PDP in relation to the December 9 National Convention. Therefore, the plot to micro-zone the post was unnecessary. He noted that there was no gentleman’s agreement to that effect.
The governor explained why the National Chairmanship should not be given to the South West at this time.
“National Chairmanship in the South-West will not change the fortunes of the PDP. Even when the President hailed from the South-West, the fortunes of the party did not improve in terms of votes in that zone. The zone is prone to incessant crises as can be seen. Any candidate who emerges from the South-West will lead to further crisis from other factions from that zone.
“Only a candidate from outside the South-West such as Prince Uche Secondus can unite the zone. He has the reach and capacity to unite all factions in the South-West. He is the person suited for the party at this time “, he said
Chief Olabode George knows that Governor Wike as a loyal party member has invested in the rebuilding of the PDP, working with party leaders from all geo-political zones.
It was on this premise that Chief Olabode George visited the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike on November 13, 2017 to seek for the support of Governor Wike.
On that day, Governor Wike offered his advice and pleaded that all contestants should accept the outcome of the National Convention in the interest of the PDP.
The governor declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must form a united front after the December 9 National Convention to help salvage the country from her present predicament.
The governor emphasised that he will never be a party to anything that will lead to the disintegration of the PDP. Governor Wike said that the national convention is a family affair.
He said: “As we agreed in Enugu, whoever wins, let us come out from the National Convention stronger. If we don’t get it right now that Nigerians are yearning for the party, we should as well say goodbye “.
The governor noted that all aspirants and stakeholders must bear in mind that power comes from God .
He said: “I will do everything humanly possible to strengthen the PDP because we have nowhere to go. We will do everything to ensure a free and fair national convention ”
The simple question is: Would Chief Olabode George be involved in this last minute political blackmail and propaganda against Governor Wike if the governor had thrown his weight behind him? Definitely not.
The era of garrison politics where Chief Olabode George was a general has been relegated. This time, the PDP has transited into an era of transparent voting, consultation and respect for the votes of the people.
Governor Wike wholeheartedly supports Prince Uche Secondus. He has one vote, but he is working hard to convince stakeholders to vote Prince Uche Secondus.
Most importantly, this new generation of PDP believes in decorum and fair contest. At the end of the National Convention, whoever wins, will work hard to rebuild and reposition the party