‘Bode George suggested using non-indigenes to win Lagos’

Some leaders within the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party have credited the successes the PDP recorded in Lagos State during the last elections to a former National Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bode George.

The leaders said the six House of Representatives and eight House of Assembly seats won by the party in Lagos were due to the hard work and vision of George who insisted that non-indigenes be given tickets to contest.

The chairman of Lagos Collectives, Prof. Tejumade Akitoye-Rhodes, said this in a statement while reacting to allegations by the acting chairman of the Lagos PDP, Mr. Kamaldeen Olorunoje.

Olorunoje had said last week that George has the habit of imposing unpopular people on the party and people were leaving the party because of him.
However, Akitoye-Rhodes, said it was George that suggested that non-indigenes be given tickets to contest the elections.
He said that was the reason that the PDP won in all Igbo dominated areas of Lagos.
The PDP won in all Igbo dominated areas in Lagos such as Amuwo Odofin, Oshodi/Isolo, Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Ojo and even Surulere where both the immediate past Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, hail from.
The statement read, “Chief Bode George remains a self-sacrificing icon and a tireless statesman who continues to devote himself to the progress of the party and the general uplift of our people. He is largely accommodating, embracing everyone with discerning judgement and thorough fairness.
“In fact, it was Chief Bode George who crafted the idea of the deliberate concession of the party’s tickets to non-indigenes wherever they have dominant population in Lagos State. To now turn around and accuse the architect of the victory we have gained so far of being dismissive is quite vicious and wicked. Olorunoje should apologise for his gross distortions before he jumps ship.”
Akitoye-Rhodes maintained that Olorunoje was not the chairman but an impostor. He added that Olorunoje was a tool being used by the APC to disrupt the party’s affairs.
He added, “The reckless and unsubstantiated diatribes of Olorunoje against Chief George smacks of desperation and hopeless anger. It is without rhyme or reason. It is without rational articulation.
“How can anyone with sound appreciation accuse the man who had worked tirelessly and selflessly for the growth and success of the PDP not only in Lagos State but in the South-West and the nation for being responsible for the defection of some mercenary politicians? This is not only absurd, it reeks of aberrant and befuddled thought processes.
“Olorunoje, who deludes himself with the title of an acting chairman, is apparently searching for an alibi before he too joins his fellow travellers in the APC. He does not need to destroy a good man to mask his impending defection.”