Lagos PDP defends Bode George


The rift within the Peoples Democratic Party Lagos State chapter seems to have widened, following an allegation by the party’s acting chairman in the state, Kamaldeen Olorunoje, that a former national deputy chairman of the party, Chief Bode George, contributed to the party’s defeat in the April 11 governorship poll.But in a telephone interview withSUNDAY PUNCH, the state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, said George remained the prime leader of the PDP in the state and that he was one of the foremost leaders in the South-West.Gani said, “For anybody to want to localise the leadership of George to be an ordinary member is very unfortunate. It means the person does not have a good comprehension of the operation of the PDP in the state.“It is a known fact that this man (Olorunoje) supported a particular aspirant who lost out and since the end of that primary, he has been aggrieved.“What he has done now is like a confirmation that they actually worked against the candidate of the PDP, Mr. Jimi Agbaje. It is unfortunate that at this time, when Lagosians have accepted us, and the (party) exco under the leadership of George won six House of Representatives seats and eight House of Assembly seats from the ruling party, would be when anyone who accuse him of causing the defeat of the party.”According to him, the PDP chief was being sponsored to cause acrimony in the party with a view to destabilising the party before they defect.