A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, has denied plotting to succeed Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the National Chairman of the party.
Naija News reports that George, a former Military chief, has been one of the vocal voices calling for Ayu’s resignation to give a southerner the chance to lead the party into the 2023 general elections.
It was alleged that George had been penciled down by the camp of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State “to replace the national chairman of the party provided they succeed in forcing Ayu to resign from the office.”
But speaking in an interview with This Day, the PDP chieftain maintained that his plan to leave partisan politics by May 2023 is still very much in play.
George stated that he is no longer enticed by the national chairmanship position, stressing that he has given 50 years of his life to public service.
He said: “I spent 25 years in the military. By next year, I will be 25 years in politics. It means I have put 50 years of my life into public service. I will be 78 years old in 2023. What else am I looking for at this age and after all I have been in this country?
“People are so dishonest. Such positions no longer entice me. I am a true Christian. I do not subscribe to all their political intrigues. It is an absolute thrash. That is the level they are and it is difficult for them to see things the way they are.
“I am simply concerned about the future of the PDP. In all modesty, I am a founding member of the party. I am crying out now because of Nigeria. If anything happens now, it will affect everyone irrespective of class and status.
“At 78, I will be plotting to be the national chairman of the PDP for what purpose again? Even though God has blessed me with sound health, it no longer makes sense for me to start scheming to be the national chairman at the age of 78.”