Former Minister of State for Defence and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Musiliu Obanikoro, has described former National Chairman, South West Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, as a man without capacity for peace, honour and integrity. Obanikoro in a statement on Wednesday reacted to Bode George’s call for peace in Lagos PDP after the governorship primary in which Jimi Agbaje was declared the winner.
George had at a press conference in his Ikoyi residence said there was no victor, no vanquished and enjoined other aspirants to join hands with the winner, Agbaje, to forge a fomidable alliance against the All Progressives Congress (APC).
But Obanikoro said the same man calling for peace was the architect of the crisis being experienced in the party.
He alleged that the violence that tainted and tarnished the outcome of Monday’s governorship primary was orchestrated by Bode George.
“Chief Bode George has no capacity for peace and unity in Lagos PDP when he is the major architect of violence and confusion in the first place.
“His call for peace is a desperate attempt to get the attention of President Jonathan to take him seriously as a responsible leader of Lagos PDP.
“Unfortunately, Bode George is a man far from anything responsible, peaceful or honourable”.
Obanikoro said George’s introduction of religious bias and sentiment into Lagos PDP by asking delegates to vote for a Christian, instead of a Muslim candidate, was dangerous for the peaceful cohesion of Lagos PDP and totally condemnable.
“I warned Chief Bode George to steer clear of the electoral process and stand as an unbiased umpire but he opted for the path of dishonour and threw himself into the ring. The result is the sham of gubernatorial primary that has subjected our party in Lagos State to an unprecedented public ridicule,” he stated.
Furthermore, he queried: “Where is Chief Bode George’s honour if after manipulating an election where 806 delegates produced 863 votes, he is calling for peace and unity?”