February 15, 2023

Sowunmi’s call for Bode George’s arrest, sign of frustration – Aide

Insecurity: Nigerians on edge, asking what's going on — Bode George

Bode George

By Dapo Akinrefon

Olusegun Edwards, the Special Adviser on Media to the former Deputy National  Chairman of the  Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,  Chief Olabode George, faulted the call by Segun Sowunmi, former Ogun governorship aspirant for the arrest of Chief George describing it as a sign of frustration and disillusionment over his loss, in his failed bid to become  the PDP candidate in Ogun State.

Reacting to what he described as an unwarranted attack on George by Sowunmi, he said Sowunmi is  “jaundiced and parochial to have made such a disdainful statement against a  reverred Chief George, The Atoona Odua of Yorubaland, who is always looked upon for his fatherly advice.”

The statement reads: “He (Sowunmi) is suffering from the disillusionment of his loss of  PDP’s governorship ticket in Ogun State through the ballot box and the court process he instituted against the party flag bearer Chief Ladi Adebutu, who has been recognised as the undisputed candidate of  PDP by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in Ogun State”.

He advised Sowunmi to direct his frustration to his alleged traducers in Ogun State, rather than look for a ‘Scapegoat’ or try to use George’s reverred name as a springboard, to gain the attention of the party’s top echelon.

“Chief George’s call for justice and fairness in the PDP and Sowunmi’s travails in Ogun State cannot be equated, to warrant a call for the arrest of the former Deputy National Chairman, accusing him of playing dangerous politics, What an insult. Sowunmi should rather look for other ways to please Atiku, the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu, and the Director-General of the PDP, if he nurses the desire to do so.

“It is the height of unpardonable disrespect for Sowunmi to raise his voice against a respectable Yoruba elder statesman in the calibre of Chief Olabode George. It is disdainful for him to be disrespectful to the man old enough to be Sowunmi’s father, a respectable figure, who Sowunmi’s elders won’t dare talk to disrespectfully.

“Sowunmi carries a morale burden  as stated by the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State, Ladi Adebutu, who condemned Sowunmi’s continual action of parading himself as  a gubernatorial candidate of the party when he did not take part in the party’s primaries .

“Adebutu’s position, Sowunmi is misleading the public by claiming to have won the party’s primary.

“The PDP candidate, Adebutu, has told Sowunmi to purge himself of the illusion of becoming the PDP candidate in Ogun State as there is nothing like a factional candidate in an election, because there can only be factional aspirants and a single candidate.

“While it’s  not totally strange that the political landscape is getting charged with all kinds of raw emotions, jejune sentiments, deliberate vending of falsehood, half-truths, flagellation of toxic propaganda, amplification of misinformation and disinformation and all what is not,  all in a bid to cast aspersions on on perceived enemies, we view Sowunmi’s ill tempered disrespect for an elderstatesman as a taboo”, the statement added.