– Chief Bode George has urged S/East chieftains of the PDP to concede the party’s VP slot to the S/West
– He said the presidential slot would automatically go to south-east if Atiku eventually wins the presidency and keeps the office for eight years; and that a zone can’t produce a president and VP for 16 years
– He also added that the south-west, by virtue of its numbers, stood a better chance of propelling the PDP to defeat the APC in 2019
Chief Olabode George, former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has pleaded with party stakeholders in the south-east to concede the position of running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election, to the south-west.
He made the appeal during a telephone interview with The Guardian on Wednesday, October 10.
NAIJ.com gathers that George said it was imperative that the south-east concedes the slot to the south-west now because if Atiku wins the election and stays in office for eight years, “the presidential slot would automatically go to south-east,” whenever the pendulum shifts back to the South.
He added: “But if the region decides to take the vice president slot now, it would be awkward for it to say after spending eight years as running mate that it would go ahead to produce a president.
“Such calculation will not work, because a region cannot produce the vice president and president for 16 years running.”
He also added that the south-west, by virtue of its numbers, stood a better chance of propelling the PDP to defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
He said: “Putting into consideration the importance of numbers in the coming election and the need to defeat APC, south-west stands a better advantage in terms of registered number of voters.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a Christian group, Christians in Power Network (CIPN), called on the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to choose the former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, as his running mate for the 2019 elections.
In a statement signed by Apostle Chikezie Onyekere and Pastor Solomon Ayuba, the organisation’s coordinator and secretary respectively, the group said Fani-Kayode was ordained by God.
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