By Dapo Akinrefon
LAGOS—FORMER Deputy National Chairman (South) of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, has called on the leadership of the party to revisit the just conducted governorship primaries held across the country by setting up a committee to look into other methodologies to handle the rancour-ridden primaries.
George addressed party members at his Lugard office in Ikoyi on his return from the United Kingdom on Monday night.
He said: “The PDP needs to revisit the process of our primaries. The National Working Committee of our party, in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and National Working Committee must set up a committee to look into the primaries.”
Speaking further, he said: “We must revisit the primaries, it is a clarion call and I will make the move because it is not good for our party and it may cost us a lot. We are all aware that those in the opposition usually select their candidates but we in the PDP do not indulge in such. I am hoping that we will be able to calm all the frayed nerves.”
He, however, expressed optimism that his party’s candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje, will defeat the All Progressives Congress, APC, in next month’s general election.
According to him; “At home here, we have made the right and the wise choice in our party. The choice of Jimi Agbaje as our governorship candidate is the shining of light over darkness. It is a triumph of the truth over falsehood, it is a noble attestation of the voice of the people affirming itself in vivid largeness.”
While he faulted the APC-led administration in Lagos state of allegedly letting down the people of Lagos, he said the Lagos State government must account for N30 trillion generated revenue for the state in the last 16 years.
George said: “Here in Lagos, the PDP has listened and affirmed the choice of the majority of Lagosians. Yes, Lagosians want change. We want a change from the callous, self-centred 16 years of prodigal cronyism to a selfless, God-fearing and people oriented governance.
Lagosians want a change from a cold-hearted, selfish and indifferent acquisitive power-mongers to a government that protects the interests of the people and appreciate the fact that power must always be used with discipline and utmost sacrifice. We will ask them to account for the over N30 trillion generated revenue in the last 16 years, we will ask them to tell Lagosians how one man alone can be taking more than N5 billion from our collective treasury every month.”
Stating the need for Lagosians to vote for the PDP in next month’s governorship election, he said: “Our campaign will be based on truth and observable logic. We will engage the APC on the high moral ground of polished enlightenment, we will offer sound vision, selfless service and missionary sacrifice.”