…Party divided over Bode George
BY WAHAB ABDULLAH & DAPO AKINREFON
LAGOS – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan’s siege on Lagos for the state’s more than six million votes may have ended in a fiasco as his efforts might have left the party more divided than ever.
The closed door meeting held between President Jonathan and leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State ended on Sunday night with majority of party stakeholders boycotting the meeting over the prime role given erstwhile Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Bode George at the meeting.
The meeting called on the insistence of the President, was aimed at strategising on how to take over Lagos from the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, which currently controls the state.
George in a riposte dismissed those who allegedly abstained from the meeting with the President on account of his presence as agents of the ACN, affirming that they were of inconsequential value to the party. George, who affirmed that the President’s meeting was productive for the party’s chances in Lagos, further pledged that Lagos would fall to the party in the coming elections.
Bigwigs of the party present at the meeting included George; Chief of Staff to President Jonathan, Dr Mike Oghiadome; state chairman of Lagos PDP, Mr Setonji Koshoede; state secretary of the party, Mr Tunji Shelle; Chief Bode Ola; Mr Tola Animashaun; Senatorial candidates; House of Representatives candidate and House of Assembly candidates contesting on the platform of the party.
The likes of former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Dr Wahab Dosumu, former Minister of State for Defence, Mr Demola Seriki; Dr Oluyomi Finnih, the state publicity secretary; Dr Wale Ahmed; Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi and other aspirants were, however, absent at the meeting.
But reacting to the assertions that he was a divisive factor, George told Vanguard last night:
“The allegation that I am the one causing disaffection in the party is not true. There is nothing like that. Those people who are shouting oars are agents of the Action Congress, who are masquerading as genuine members of the PDP. Many of them who you said are aggrieved are not committed members.
“President Goodluck Jonathan was around yesterday (Sunday) to meet with the party’s candidates and encouraged them to do their best for the party to emerge victorious.
“However, some of these people you mentioned did not come around to see how the party will continue to grow in the state, instead they are just making noise and predicting negatively that PDP may not win. I am telling you they will be alive when the party will coast to victory in Lagos.
“Now, some of our members were attacked in the Island, the attackers almost killed the aspirant, none of them see something bad in this, they are not complaining about all these ugly development.”