PDP Chairmanship Race: Why I Withdrew, Wike Should Apologise to South West, Party Bent on Self Destruct – Bode George

A major crack in the ranks of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) appeared late Friday night as former Deputy National Chairman of the party and an aspirant for the chairmanship seat, Chief Bode George, withdrew from the race in protest.
George said his decision to bow out of the race was informed by the flagrant abuse of the micro zoning arrangement by the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee (NCC).
He noted that the party is on self-destruct going by utterances and actions of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
He demanded apology from the Governor for insulting the South West.
George said: “I entered the contest on the micro-zoning principle, which has been thrashed by little men, who have compromised.
“It appears the PDP is bent on self-destruction. I can’t be part of this. The chairmanship position has been sold to the highest bidder,” George stated while briefing newsmen at his campaign office in Abuja. “I entered the race due to the micro zoning arrangement. This micro zoning has been trashed, dumped in the dust bin for personal reason. It appears that PDP is bent on self destruction. It has lost its soul.
“I cannot be part of this criminal allegation. The PDP is now mangled. I hereby withdraw from the fraud. As a Yoruba patriot, I will stand for our people.
“Governor Wike must tender an unreserved apology to the Yoruba people for his unguarded utterances against the Yoruba race. I listened to my younger brother and I see it as an insult. I consider it as an insult. “I Olabode George did not step down for anybody. My measure of experience is too heavy. What I am stepping down for is the process. “The issue of micro zoning has been destroyed. Every position is micro zoned. I am withdrawing purely on principle. You can know the way the party use to bubble and we see it as a brotherly union. From what happened before I thought we could manage it but it is obvious that the system has been bastardized,” he added.

Author: News Editor

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