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Reject people of questionable character, Bode George urges Nigerians

By Kehinde Olatunji (Lagos) and Timothy Agbor (Osogbo)
18 January 2022   |   4:04 am
A former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has urged Nigerians not to entrust their future to people of questionable character.

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A former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has urged Nigerians not to entrust their future to people of questionable character.

He said while it is legitimate for those who are interested in governance to openly declare their aspiration, it is incumbent upon Nigerians to scrutinise them.

George, who spoke in Ikoyi, Lagos State, yesterday, said it was important to sift jesters and treasury looters from selfless persons who truly want to serve the people.

He said if the rule of law must be protected from degenerating into nepotism or a system of government composed of the least qualified and the most aberrant, Nigerians must start asking questions about everyone who seeks their votes.

George also advocated direct primary by political parties, saying the method will bring sanity to the country’s political system.

It is the people’s inalienable right to examine the pedigree of all aspirants and uncover their antecedents, educational backgrounds, family origin, friends, defining a doctrine, mission and vision, he said.

He asked: “What is the source of their wealth? Are they legitimate tycoons with visible investments or they are mere mercenary buccaneers with eyes greedily set on looting our commonwealth?

“These are legitimate enquiries we must all make to ensure that well-known looters and criminally-minded nepotistic agents are never allowed to preside over our nation.

“We know those who have blatantly looted some states. We know those who have reduced the wealth of some hapless states into an obscene private appropriation. We know the recklessly greedy, who have turned governance into a family affair, sharing the wealth of the people among themselves, their acolytes and unconscionable friends.”

George insisted he is not “biased against a particular aspirant” or “waging a personal vendetta against anyone’s ambition.”

He also urged former President Goodluck Jonathan not to take seriously those who are urging him to vie for the Presidency, saying the call is a plot to drag him in the mud.

MEANWHILE, members of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have taken a swipe at the chairman-elect of a faction, Prince Gboyega Famodun, following comments on Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

In a statement, signed by Abiodun Agboola, Publicity Secretary of the faction loyal to Aregbesola, the party took exception to the alleged crude language Famodun deployed in his response to the minister’s views on party matters.

“This type of attitude makes reconciliation almost impossible,” Agboola said, adding: “If Famodun believes in resolution, he wouldn’t have reacted like that.”

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