2019 PDP Comeback Impossible If Indiscipline Remains – Olabode George


Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday called for the disbandment of all caucuses within the party for proper realignment ahead of 2019 general elections.

George, who made the call at a General Assembly of Lagos PDP in Ikeja, said that the party must come together for “renewal and revival”.

“The greatest injury in our party is indiscipline. Nobody is above the constitution of the party; the party is supreme. Whatever we agree on must be binding on everyone.

“The constitution of the party is very clear, that there is only one PDP. Enough of all the groupings, it is unhealthy for the party.

“Let us all come back, reinvigorate the party and fight for the same vision”, he said.

George, who is also a former Chairman, Nigerian Ports Authority, urged members to be true to one another, as PDP remained the only party that would liberate the people.

He said that the party, in spite of the challenges caused by the enemy within its fold since 1998, had continued to wax strong.

George urged members to disregard the deliberate attempt by detractors to pull the party down in the last general elections.

The party chieftain assured members that the foundation of the party would henceforth be laid at the ward level.

He also appealed to leaders of the party to allow members elect whoever they wanted as their executives and not impose anybody on them.

George urged leaders to be careful and vigilant in handling any member who left and wanted to come back to the fold.

Earlier, the 2015 governorship candidate of PDP in Lagos, Mr Jimi Agbaje, urged members to go back to their wards and restrategise ahead of 2019 general elections.

“Yes, we will continue to disagree and fight ourselves, but one thing that is sacrosanct is that we must not disown our party.

“No matter how aggrieved we are, we must understand that the party is supreme”.

The PDP governorship candidate, who spoke in Pidgin English, however, said that despite the loss of the party in the last general elections, members of the party should shun bitterness and work to rebuild the party.

“Some members were annoyed because the monies meant for the elections were not given to them to prosecute the last polls. I am angry too because the PDP won the last election in the state but was denied victory. I finish election, na gbese, I carry for head”, Mr. Agbaje said.

The State Chairman of PDP, Capt. Olatunji Shelle, said the party would capitalise on the mistakes of the ruling party to ensure that Lagos State is back on track.

“We will reposition to be able to win all elections”, he said.

Shelle assured members that a date would soon be announced to inform them of when the congress would hold.



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