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I am taking PDP back to Aso Rock in 2019 – Bode George reveals

Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Friday, declared his intention to contest for the National Chairmanship of the party in the forthcoming National Convention, promising to return the party to power in 2019 if elected.
According to DailyTrust, while flagging off his campaign at a well attended ceremony at the historic Lagos City Hall, George declared that the position of the party national chairman is not for the greenhorn.
He, thanked the Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi and members of the Caretaker Committee of the PDP for what he described as their commitment, loyalty and their ability to pull the party from the brink of collapse. The Caretaker Committee, he said had done a great work over the past one year.
He said he would deploy his wealth of experience in party administration and work with everybody in the party irrespective of religious or tribal affiliation to return PDP to its winning streak.
The influential politician said he would work tirelessly to revive the dream and principles of the PDP founding fathers anchored on justice, fairness and equity as enshrined in the constitution of the party.
Chief George said as the PDP National Chairman, he would bring back the dignity of PDP by working diligently to unite members while mending fences and healing old wounds for all to attain the collective aspiration of the once ruling party, adding that PDP under his leadership will strive to revive the economy of Nigeria which he said is currently doing well.
He disclosed that his first task, if elected as the next PDP Chairman would be to reconcile feuding factions while according party officials at all levels the recognitions they all deserve while also protecting their interests.
George, who is also the Atona of Oodua said having actively served at the topmost echelon of PDP for 10 years, working with the most experienced members, his loyalty to the party has never been in doubt.
This, according to him, is enough a reason members should repose confidence in him to serve well as their National Chairman.
He said, “I have learned the ropes and I have been guided by the collective wisdom of our leaders across our great nation. I fully understand the precepts, the mechanisms and the constitution of our party
“I know the tradition, the culture, the guiding ethos and the normative patterns that our leaders have built and nurtured for so many years. If elected, I am willing and ready to work with everyone regardless of personal differences to mend the broken places, to heal the ancient wounds, to reconcile the feuding factions and ultimately ensure that we strengthen our collective brotherhood and speak with one voice to regain victory in 2019.
“I will never compromise our foundational principles of justice, fairness and equity as enshrined in the constitution of our party. We will equally accord all our governors, and legislators at both state and national levels the necessary pride of place and honour in this new dawn. We will protect their interests and help to enhance their effectiveness.
“If I am given the privilege to serve, I will never play the role of an overlord. I will serve with dignity and diligence. I will respect the mighty and the low without discrimination. Together, we will remove impunity. Together, we will restore discipline and fair play. We will always insist on internal democracy.”
Bode George had served as Zonal Vice Chairman south-west, Deputy National Chairman South and Deputy National Chairman overall, the second highest position in PDP, while he had also helped to resolve crises within the party in all geo-political zones of the federation.


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