Former National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George has berated the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu over his declaration to vie for the presidential seat in the 2023 election.
Tinubu had, two days ago, informed President Muhammadu Buhari of his preparedness to throw his hat into the ring for the number one position in the country in the next general elections.
In an interview with Arise TV, monitored by Newsportal, George, who said he did not have any personal issues against Tinubu, stressed that Nigeria needed to have people of competence, people with character, and not people who are only committed to the interests of their families.
According to him, “Our country must come out from the doldrums of filth. Let us have people of competence, people with character who are saleable anywhere in the world, who are abidingly loyal to the Nation, and not people who are loyal to son, wife and family. It is not done in a civilised society”.
The PDP Chieftain described it as annoying that Tinubu said he was ready to be President at this time having been a kingmaker all his life.
On the issue of Tinubu having been winning elections in Lagos State, George said,”You said he kept winning in Lagos; you can see what has become of Lagos. You want to know all the highfalutin treasures he has acquired?. A typical example, not too far from here, is the Local Government Secretariat of Ikoyi/Obalende. He has acquired it to himself. What about the Nursing School on Awolowo Road; what about the Bar Beach. They are so many”.
The one-time Military Governor of Ondo State, alleged that the APC has been winning elections in Lagos State through manipulations.
“When you cast your vote at the polling station, by the time they get to collation centres, they would prevent our people from coming in because they use the Police against us and they manipulate the results” he said.
He expressed his dissatisfaction that the President did not buy into direct primaries for political parties, arguing that it was the option that would involve all card-carrying members of political parties in the choice of whoever would fly the party’s flag.