Bode George, Agbaje vow not to step down

A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George, and the Lagos State governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2015 election, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, will not suspend their ambitions for the chairmanship of the party.

George’s spokesman, Mr. Uthman Shodipe, who spoke on behalf of his principal, said during an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday that there was no way George who helped build the party would step down for a newcomer.

He said, “Please discard the rumours that Chief George decided to step down for Agbaje. He will never do that. He has been in this party from inception and helped to build it to where it is today. So, why will he step down now that he has the opportunity to lead the party?

“Why should he step down for a newcomer? Can a landlord step down for a tenant? Where was Agbaje when Chief George was building the party for 16 years?”

Similarly, a spokesman for Agbaje, Mr. Felix Oboagwina, told our correspondent that Agbaje would never suspend his ambition, having purchased a nomination form.

He also dispelled rumours that Agbaje was being sponsored by candidates from outside the South-West.

He said, “Disregard the rumour that JK (Agbaje) will be suspending his ambition. He has already purchased the party’s form so, there is no going back. He is a popular candidate that enjoys support within and outside the South-West.”

Dokpesi, Bode George, others renew campaigns to become PDP National Chairman

Following backing by various organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the Senator Ahmed Makarfi led caretaker committee of the party, five chieftains of the PDP from the southern part of the country have rekindled their hope of taking over the chairmanship position in the next three months.

Dokpesi

They are outgoing national vice chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus; national vice chairman (South-south), Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; former deputy national vice chairman, Chief Bode George; Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Senator Bode Olajumoke, Daily Trust reports.
Top members of the PDP in Southwest had clamoured for the position to be zoned to the region, arguing that it was yet to occupy it.

But PDP leadership led by ousted chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, zoned the position to Northeast, a decision that infuriated many members in the South.

It was gathered that Dr. Ojougboh, Dokpesi and Prince Secondis from the South-south and Chief Bode George and Senator ‎Olajumoke from the South-west would all pick the forms.

The South-west and the South-east have also started campaign to secure the 2019 vice presidential ticket‎.