PDP chairmanship: Bode George’s aspiration receives boost

• As George, Dokpesi pick PDP chairmanship forms

AHEAD of the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coming up on August 17, former deputy national chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George’s ambition to become the PDP’s chairman received a boost on Friday as bigwigs in the Lagos Mainland endorsed him, saying victory for George at the convention would translate to victory for PDP in 2019 presidential election.

The party chieftains, including former member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Tajudeen Agoro, who is also vice chairman, PDP Lagos State Central; Alhaji Akande Alimi, the party chairman for Lagos Mainland, Mr. Jide Bob-Taylor, among others gave the backing at a stakeholders parley.

Speaking at the event, which took place at the party’s office, Agoro described George as somebody who had climbed through the ladder, saying nobody had his kind of political experience and should, therefore, be allowed to occupy the PDP chairmanship position at its coming national convention.

Recalling the first major success that the party had in Lagos in the last general election and the clinching of five Alliance for Democracy (AD) states in the South West in 2003 which had the input of George, Agoro said if the PDP was prepared to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) and take over power in 2019, it should go for George who had the experience.

Meanwhile, Chief Bode George and media mogul, Chief Raymond Dokpesi on Friday picked nomination forms to contest the office of the national chairman of the PDP.

George was personally at the temporary national secretariat of the party in Abuja to pick the form while Dokpesi’s son, Raymond Dokpesi Jr. picked the form on his behalf.

Speaking afterwards, George said former members of the party who left for the All Progressives Congress (APC) are mere tenants who are already on their way back to the PDP.