The ambition of Chief Olabode George to become the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has received the blessing of the Lagos State Executives of the party.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Lagos State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Moshood Salvador, at a news conference on the forthcoming National Convention of the party in Lagos.
It would be recalled that the Alhaji Ahmed Markafi led- Caretaker Committee had zoned the National Chairmanship position to the South.
Speaking on the zoning of the party offices by the zoning committee of the party, Salvador said the overall successes of the PDP Local Government, State, National Assembly and 2019 Presidential elections are predicated upon the perfect organisation and repositioning of the party.
“We support and appreciate the efforts of the Markarfi Caretaker Committee; we also appreciate the work done by the zoning committee, ’’ Salvador said.
“We therefore, urge the Southern governors to quickly further zone the offices for the South to the various geo-political zones within the South,” he said.
According to him, the zoning would create the right template for a complete transition process and programme for the forthcoming PDP National convention as the party could not afford crisis.
He also insisted that the PDP needs a very well groomed and seasoned politician of national experience to become the national chairman.
He said: “This is why the party needs a chairman with uninterrupted PDP Chairmanship since 1991 with 100 per cent loyalty.’
“A national chairman with records of achievements in the party as well as one that knows the culture, ideologies and foundation of the party’’.
According to him, George had all it takes to paddle the canoe of the party to administrative and electioneering success, irrespective of his age.
Salvador also appealed to all other South West states to give their support to the declaration while also calling on the remaining five geo-political zones in Nigeria to follow in their declaration to make George the National Chairman of the party, saying it was absolutely necessary to get the best and matured hand for the party.
Reacting to his endorsement, George said that he felt honoured to be endorsed as the national chairman of the party.
“I feel okay about the declaration. It is like trying to be honoured in my hometown. With the state of the party, the party requires an experienced hand at this point to take us to the Promised Land.
“This is not the time for “Johnny Just Join’’. I look at it like we are onboard a ship in a stormy water.
“So we need the best hand to take us out of the storm.
“To me, it is a call to service and they can tap into one’s experience and by God’s grace, we will get ourselves back to the level at which the party can get back to where it was,’’ George said.
By Timothy Enietan-Matthews
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