A stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Chief Bode George, has disclosed that except the issue of inclusiveness is resolved, he will not vote for his party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 general elections.
He made this comment on ARISE TV Tuesday, December 13.
George is in forefront of the agitationg for the removal of the National Chairman of the party, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, noting that the crisis currently rocking the party might affect its chance at the polls in 2023.
Bode further said the South West has not produced national chairman since the party was founded in 1999.
“It is not a solution that cannot be handled. All we are saying is give what belongs to Caesar what belongs to Caesar. Give us what belongs to us; Turn-by-turn Nigeria limited.
“Take for example, what I am angry about is, the first chairman was the late Solomon Lar from North Central, the second chairman, North-Central, the third chairman, Audu Ogbe, was from North-Central, the fourth chairman, Amadu Ali, from North-Central; Kawu Baraje, from Kwara, was also North-Central. Now you have Ayu, also North-Central.
“The South-West has never enjoyed this position since the party started almost 25 years ago. What is our crime? If you are telling us you want to rule this country, you have to weave all the tribes and all the people together,” he said.
Insisting on his stance, he said he will not vote for Atiku in the next year’s election if the issue of inclusivity lingers on.
“Until this party returns to the founding fathers’ principles of unity with equity, fairness and justice being the pedestal for any political decision taken in this party, and ensuring broad-mindedness to accommodate the concerns of all zones in this country, PDP becomes vulnerable to disaster in the 2023 elections.
“I will not vote for the presidential candidate of our own party. Let them sit down and think over it. It is not negotiable; every Nigerian is important for this election.”