Former National Vice-Chairman (South) of the PDP, Olabode George, has said he remains the best candidate to be the next chairman of the party.
He made the statement in Lagos on Friday during his declaration to contest the chairmanship of the party.
According to him, the PDP needs a committed, energetic, experienced party man to redeem
and reposition it at this point in time..
He said the party’s loss of the presidency in 2015 was to deviation of the goals and standards erected by of the PDP’s founding fathers.
The party chieftain said the party had been facing some challenges as a result of the defeat, but pledged to return the party to winning ways if elected.
“Our party needs a rescue. Our party needs redemption. Our party deserves a balanced, experienced, tested, trusted and a faithful hand, “he said.
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He, however, made it clear he doesn’t have the answers to all the problems of the party, but was prepared to work with others to ensure the restoration of its vision.
Geoge said it os not a time to experiment, appealing to all party members to support his aspiration to lead the party as al loyal party man who has stayed with the party through thick and thin.
Supporting him, a former Minister of Transportation, Ebenezer Babatope, said George is the most qualified to lead the party.
“George has the maturity, the experience, the courage to lead our party. He has a track record of performance. He will deliver,” Babatope said.
In his goodwill message, former National Vice Chairman of the party (South West), Tajudeen Oladipo, said George had laboured and suffered for the party.
“Apart from the fact that he laboured for the party, he is articulate, strong, courageous and energetic, and I can bet he will give the party the best,” he said.
Others who spoke in support of Bode’s bid were former ministers Adeseye Ogunlewe and Olusola Obada. Dapo Sarumi and former Deuity Gov Kofoworola Bucknor also gave their support to George at the declaration.