Lagos State Support Group for Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign has called on the National Working Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to expel former Deputy National Vice Chairman, Chief Bode George from the party.
Speaking in Lagos, the coordinator of the group, Dr Adetokunbo Pearse, accused George of consistently working against the emergence of a PDP governor in the state.
He said the G5 governors’ insistence that the National Chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu should resign is a decoy war targeted at the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar.
Pearse said George is determined to create a crisis in Lagos PDP to destabilise the party ahead of the election.
He said: “Earlier this year, when George could not convince Jide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, the PDP governorship candidate to choose his surrogate son, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, as his running mate, George advised Rhodes-Vivour to decamp to Labour Party, where he is the governorship candidate in the state.
“Arguably, George’s anti-party activities have become more obvious. A few days ago, precisely on Sunday, November 20, 2022, George at his Lugard Avenue residence, joined by his partners, the G5 governors, declared that while he was open to supporting Lagos State senatorial, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly candidates, he was not prepared to support Atiku for president nor would he support Jide Adediran for governor.
“We regard this public denunciation OF our presidential candidate as a calculated effort on George’s part to derail the 2023 campaign for the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State. It is his determination to damage the party by decapitating the head of its campaign that is the presidential candidate of the party.
“Although the PDP members present at George’s show of shame on Sunday made it clear that Atiku was their presidential candidate of choice. We are concerned that George’s continued presence at the party presents a real threat to the success of our party in Lagos.”
“For 20 years in five election circles, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019, George has been a negative and divisive force in our body politicking in Lagos State PDP. He has shown a great disregard for the constitution of the party as well as respect for the rule of law.
“Apart from his failure to lead us to electoral victory in Lagos State, it has been alleged for several years now that in order to maintain his leadership position in Lagos PDP, he ensures that nobody in PDP supersedes him by becoming Lagos State governor.
“Therefore, to stop these violations and to give Lagos PDP a fair chance of victory in the forthcoming 2023 general election, we appeal to you, Ayu, to use your good office to serve George a notice of expulsion of membership from the Peoples Democratic Party. We have placed a similar request to George’s ward chairman in Lagos Island Local Government Area.”