By MUYIWA OYINLOLA
The National Championship aspiration of Chief Olabode George in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has received a boost as some members of the party’s National Caretaker Committee (NWC) have described him as a man capable of doing the job.
This indication emerged last Thursday during the submission of his nomination form at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.
The NWC members present on the occasion and who commended George’s invaluable contributions to the growth, development and stability of the party over the years, included the party’s national organizing secretary, Senator Abdul Ningi; national publicity secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; national woman leader, Aisha Aliyu, and deputy national secretary, Barrister Kabir Usman.
Ningi, who was the first to speak on the attributes of the former deputy national chairman of the party observed that George had paid his dues as a founding father, as a consistent loyalist and as a moral and financial supporter of the party.
He said that if not for the dictates of democracy, George ought not to have any opponent in the chairmanship contest considering his contributions to the party.
His words: “It is a very rare pleasure for me personally as a person to see our mentor the great Bode George aspiring to be the national chairman. Looking at Bode’s antecedents, and history, and the benevolent service he has rendered to this party, if not because of democracy, and Bode says he wants this, I think he should have no opponents at all.
“For any follower of democracy in Nigeria, and especially in PDP, there is no single person that will ever contest the unblemished services that this gentleman has rendered to our great nation, then to our great party. I think he stands at the watershed of history and I keep on asking myself what is it about this party that is so special that the Chief still wants to run it. Is it about the party, or is it about the Chief himself looking at the party as his own baby that he must nourish and he wants to take it to a place that his heart desires.
“For the avoidance of doubt, this is the very first time that we receive an aspirant where four members of the caretaker committee are seated. And this is linked to the history I was trying to follow about the person of Chief Bode George in PDP. You can count the number of people that have rendered valuable services to this party and before you can count 1 to 5, certainly the name of Bode George must show.”
On his part, Prince Adeyeye said: “For us in the South-West, Chief Bode George is our leader indisputably. I know he will make a good Chairman of the party.”
The national woman leader Aisha Aliyu said Chief George “is seeking the post not for anything but for the change he wants to bring to the party, for the development of the party, for progress of the party and, most of all, to deepen democracy.
In the same vein, the deputy national secretary, Barrister Kabir Usman commended George for staying solidly behind the party during the crisis.
“If you go to my office, you will see the pictures of Chief George at all the trials of the Supreme Court. He would be there earlier than any other stakeholder”, he said.