A former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, has stated that it would be challenging for the party to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South West when the presidential campaigns get underway on September 28 in preparation for the 2023 elections.
The PDP chieftain stated that this would be the case considering Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the ruling party’s presidential candidate from the region.
On the other hand, Chief George explained that PDP is unable to display any South Westerners with such aspirations for the country. In other words, PDP lacks balance and is biased in favor of the North at the national level.
Chief George made this statement on Friday while appearing on Arise TV’s The Morning Show.
“But how do I go on the campaign trip in the South-West and tell the people that look, we are ready and you must vote for our candidate? We must realise that the opposition party has its own presidential candidate from the South-West and he (Tinubu) will tell them (voters) I have the presidential ticket, what does the PDP have on its ticket for South-West?
“Let’s assume the south has the presidential ticket, vice presidential ticket and chairmanship position, how will our PDP brothers from the north take it? Will they be happy? All I am saying is to ensure justice and fairness and if they say they don’t want it, history will be on the side of the truth.
“And if at this age I can’t tell the truth, then what am I doing in politics? It is not a matter of forcing Ayu out. Remember, Ayu himself stated and I quote him: ‘If the presidential candidate emerges from the north, I will resign as the chairman of the party to allow the balancing’. We are simply just saying “let us be mindful and don’t let us overdrive this.”