Ahead of the make-or-mar national convention of Peoples’ Democratic Party that is holding today, one of the leading contenders from South west, Chief Bode George has withdrwan from the race of Chairman of the party.
The Former Deputy National Chairman said the mechanism has lost morality, has been monitised and is a fraud.
He stated this while speaking with the newsmen in Abuja adding that it is not proper for the party not to have ‘micro-zone’ the position.
He said, “The party has lost its soul. It has lost its principled beginning and the predications of righteousness. It has traded the finer principles of democratic guidance and equity for the squalid, dirty and shameful resort to mercenary agenda, where nothing matters save the putrid, oafish gains of the moment.
“I cannot be part of this screaming aberration. And as the Atona of Yorubaland, I do not expect any well-meaning, well disciplined, forthright, sincere Omoluabi of Yorubaland to continue with this deceit and shameful theatre.
“The Peoples Democratic Party has now mangled and distorted its soul and spirit. There is no morality here anymore. There is no sanity or any sense of enlightened civility.
“As a result of these observed aberrations wherein the position of the National Chairman has been apparently sold and auctioned to the highest bidder, I as an Omoluabi and as an authentic Atona of Yorubaland, I will not partake in this charade.
“I hereby withdraw from this brazen fraud and absolutely preconceived, monetised, mercantilist convention.”
He lambasted the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike and described his words as unfortunate adding that the South West zone will not be ready to support the party come 2019.
He said, “I have removed myself from the charade but I did not step down for any individual. Governor Wike insulted the South-West badly today. What does he take the Yoruba people for?
“He said there is no micro-zoning and then went ahead to say we have nothing to bring to the table. How do you want the Yoruba people to feel?
“He implied that the South-West is not an important zone and that we should play second fiddle. It is not fair at all. I will not be going to the congress.
“We have been spending so much money campaigning all over the country. What do we tell our people when we return home? That the South-West didn’t get it because we are not considered important?”