Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George came under fire today following his interest in the chairmanship position in the opposition party.
Earlier, Ekiti State Governor Mr. Ayo Fayose had faulted the leadership of the party for its failure to win the 2015 presidential elections. Fayose, who criticised the party for parading old politicians, said he had refused to support Chief Bode George when he sought his support for the chairmanship role.
“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wanted to be the national chairman of the party, I told him no, that I won’t support him. With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again.”
In his response, Chief Bode George said the party needs leaders (like him) with integrity. “The kind of chairman the PDP needs is someone that has integrity, one that is trusted and established.”
“Fayose spoke very immaturely during the interview. For him to have said that the founding fathers of the party should take the backstage in the party’s affairs was very disgusting and self-deceitful. I actually told him at an old meeting of the party that if the chairmanship of the PDP was zoned to the South-West, that I would show interest. He told me he had heard.
“Fayose is an ingrate because when the world was against him during his first term in office, God used me to give him support. I contributed N250,000 to purchase his campaign clothes. We must defend the interest of Yoruba because we have been side-lined in the party’s leadership for too long. Fayose and Senator Buruji Kashamu cannot continue to decide for the Yoruba people in the PDP.”
Meanwhile, Nigerians on Twitter have reacted to Bode’s comments, saying he lacks the integrity he preaches.