The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Chief Bode George has revealed that he will not vote for his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the next year’s election, unless the issue of inclusiveness in the party is addressed.
The former military governor of Ondo State said the Southwest has not held the position of the national chairman since the party was founded and it must be corrected before the 2023 elections.
George is one of the prominent members of the PDP who had supported the call for the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, to step down, saying the lingering crisis bedeviling the party might cause its defeat in the 2023 presidential election.
He said, “It is not a solution that cannot be handled. All we are saying is give what belongs to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Give us what belongs to us; Turn-by-turn Nigeria limited.
“Take for example, what I am angry about is, the first chairman was the late Solomon Lar from North Central, the second chairman, North-Central, the third chairman, Audu Ogbe, was from North-Central, the fourth chairman, Amadu Ali, from North-Central; Kawu Baraje, from Kwara, was also North-Central. Now you have Ayu, also North-Central.
“The South-West has never enjoyed this position since the party started almost 25 years ago. What is our crime? If you are telling us you want to rule this country, you must weave all the tribes and all the people together,” he said.
Recall that the aggrieved Five governors led by Nyesom Wike are asking for the resignation of the PDP National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu to step down for a southerner.