A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, has called on the party’s factional National Chairman, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff to shun political rascality for the sake of posterity.
George made the appeal in his Ikoyi office, Lagos when he hosted the South-West zonal executives of the party on Monday.
The former deputy national chairman of the party accused Sheriff of doing the bidding of certain forces outside the PDP, whom he claimed were determined to destroy the party.
According to George, “I will just appeal to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff: enough is enough. The political rascality, judicial rascality must stop for posterity. All these unnecessary litigations.
“There is an adage in Yoruba that when you see a bush rat dancing in the middle of the road, the drummers are in the bush. Let him take it easy, for the sake of the future generations of this country. Those who invited him, I hope they have learnt a lesson. It takes one terrible person to throw a stone into the well, one million professors won’t be able to find that stone.”
It will be recall that the leading opposition party in the country has been entangled in leadership crisis, following the inauguration of the Sen Ahmed Makarfi-led Caretaker Committee ealier in the year.
Despite the recent declaration by an Appeal Court, Abuja division, that Sheriff’s claim to the chairmanship position was illegal, the former Borno State Governor has continued to insist that he remains the substantive leader of the party.
Speaking further, the elder statesman also stated that with the poor performance of the All Progressives Congress, APC, God and Nigerians will give the PDP another opportunity to rule Nigeria in 2019.
Stressing that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government “lacks the capacity to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians”, George said, “Nigerians have seen the two sides of the coin and they have an opportunity to decide, based on your performance, based on the trust that they have in you. God is a God of second chance.
“I have been advising my oga (boss), Mr. President, what does he want to be remembered for? I am talking now as a general, not as a politician. If anybody is telling him, all is well; all is not well. Whatever he will do to alleviate the despondency in the land, he must do.”
Calling on the party to stop the imposition of candidates, George said, “If we want to win, we must tell ourselves some home truths and go back to our drawing board. We must be just, we must be fair and we must be equitable.
“We should learn from the mistakes of the past. The penchant that, ‘I am in charge, I can do and undo,’ it must end. So, let us learn that there must be justice, fairness and equity. It is a tripod: if we remove any of these three legs, we are going nowhere. If we don’t do that, we are wasting our time.
“So, all we need to do is gather ourselves together and let us give the best hands to manage us through this storm. We need experienced captains to take us to our destination. I wish them well.”
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