Former Deputy National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, on Wednesday urged the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu to honour his promise and resign in the best interest of the party.
George, who also called on all aggrieved members of the party to sheath their swords and embrace peace, explained that the only way the party could come out successful in the 2023 general elections, is for all individual interests and grievances to be put aside.
At a press conference in Lagos, the PDP stalwart pointed out that Ayu, who made a vow to resign once the presidential candidate emerges from the North, should be honourable enough to honour his words.
He also used the medium to appeal to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike to let go of whatever he has against the Presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and work to ensure that the party wins the next presidential election.
George also expressed confidence that Wike will never join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), adding that even though the governor is related with members of the ruling party, “He won’t join the APC because we all know his perception about the ruling party.
“In a democracy, we must talk, exchange ideas. We must agree and disagree without actually being disagreeable. Any organization with human beings will always have issues, but the ability to manage that crisis will be the determining factor.
“I want to appeal to all sides to sheathe their swords. Nigerians are waiting for us and we must convince them that we can manage the resources of the country in an equitable manner.
“They should all ceasefire. Statements of arrogance and innuendos that can destroy the party should stop forthwith,” he said.
George further explained that the founding fathers of the PDP had to bury their differences and come together for the benefit of the people.
“Zoning has sustained our democracy for this long because it’s the concept that established our party. My plea is that all should ‘cool temper’ because if we don’t get it right this time around, this nation will never forgive us. Nigerians are waiting for the PDP,” he noted.
On the 2023 general elections, George said it’s not yet Uhuru. According to him the security situation of the country is scary. “My fear is that if the insecurity continues, who will be bold enough to campaign or cast votes during the election?
“These are serious issues we must consider. Are we thinking about it? It’s scary. How will people go out to vote on the day of the election?” he queried.
He also pointed out that the position of the national security adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd) while reacting to the attack on the presidential guards that the Brigade of Guards was decimated, is frightening.
“That statement is very ridiculous and I don’t what the NSA is still doing in office. We have modern technology readily available everywhere. Satellite technology and even drones now are readily available. Even if we can’t get the premium, we can always get the ones to get these Bandits that they have created an aura of invincibility around.
“What is our NSA doing? He’s a very smart officer. Is the system denying him the opportunity to acquire modern technology? I’m baffled because the younger generation is more brilliant,” he added.