The Lagos State Executives of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday declared its support for the former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George, to be the National Chairman.
The State Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Moshood Salvador, made the declaration at a news conference on the forthcoming National Convention at the party’s secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos.
It would be recalled that the Alhaji Ahmed Markafi led- Caretaker Committee had zoned the National Chairmanship position to the South and Presidency to the North.
The committee also fixed August 11 for the National Convention.
“The overall successes of the PDP Local Government, State, National Assembly and 2019 Presidential elections are predicated upon the perfect organisation and repositioning of the party.
“One of the most important aspects of which is the proper and excellent restructuring of the party’s organs; the wards, from the local government to the national level.
“We support and appreciate the efforts of the Markarfi Caretaker Committee; we also appreciate the work done by the zoning committee, ’’ Salvador said.
The Lagos PDP boss said there was need to zone the office of the national chairman of the party to the South-West specifically.
“We therefore, urge the Southern governors to quickly further zone the offices for the South to the various geo-political zones within the South,” he said.
The PDP boss said that the zonal leaders would further zone the zonal offices to various states within the zone,’’ Salvador said.
He explained that the zoning would create the right template for a complete transition process and programme for the forthcoming PDP National convention as the party could not afford crisis.
Salvador said the party needed a very groomed and seasoned politician of national experience to become the national chairman.
He said, “This is why the party needs a chairman with uninterrupted PDP Chairmanship since 1991 with 100 percent loyalty.’’
Salvador added that there is need for “a national chairman with records of achievements in the party as well as one that knows the culture, ideologies and foundation of the party’’.
He added that George had all it takes to paddle the canoe of the party to administrative and electioneering success, irrespective of his age.
Salvador appealed to all other South West states to give their support to the declaration.
He also called on the remaining five geo-political zones in Nigeria to follow in their declaration to make George the National Chairman of the party.
Salvador said that it was absolutely necessary to get the best and matured hand for the party.
In an interview, George said that he felt honoured to be endorsed as the national chairman of the party.
“I feel okay about the declaration. It is like trying to be honoured in my hometown. With the state of the party, the party requires an experienced hand at this point to take us to the Promised Land.
“This is not the time for “Johnny Just Join’’. I look at it like we are onboard a ship in a stormy water.
“So we need the best hand to take us out of the storm.
“To me, it is a call to service and they can tap into one’s experience and by God’s grace, we will get ourselves back to the level at which the party can get back to where it was,’’ George said.
He, therefore, urged members to be committed, dedicated and disciplined in order to achieve the main aim of going back to its past glory.