Olabode George, a former PDP deputy national chairman, has refuted rumors that he and other party members were plotting to unseat Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the party’s national chairman.
According to Anaedoonline.ng, George, a former military commander, has been one of the prominent supporters of Ayu’s resignation in order to offer a southerner the opportunity to head the party into the general elections of 2023.
The administration of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State allegedly had George marked down “to replace the national chairman of the party should they succeed in getting Ayu to quit from the job.”
However, the PDP leader insisted in an interview with Newsmen that he still intends to leave partisan politics by May 2023.
George stated that he is no longer enticed by the national chairmanship position, stressing that he has given 50 years of his life to public service.
He said: “I spent 25 years in the military. By next year, I will be 25 years in politics. It means I have put 50 years of my life into public service. I will be 78 years old in 2023. What else am I looking for at this age and after all I have been in this country?
“People are so dishonest. Such positions no longer entice me. I am a true Christian. I do not subscribe to all their political intrigues. It is an absolute thrash. That is the level they are and it is difficult for them to see things the way they are.
“I am simply concerned about the future of the PDP. In all modesty, I am a founding member of the party. I am crying out now because of Nigeria. If anything happens now, it will affect everyone irrespective of class and status.
“At 78, I will be plotting to be the national chairman of the PDP for what purpose again? Even though God has blessed me with sound health, it no longer makes sense for me to start scheming to be the national chairman at the age of 78.”
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