Chief Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said the National leadership of the party should take disciplinary action against Ayo Fayose, former governor of Ekiti state over his statement on the forthcoming Edo governorship election.
George in an interview with Daily Independent, George said Fayose’s comment that Governor Godwin Obaseki, the party’s governorship candidate in the Edo governorship should lose is sacrilegious and a sign that he is working against the PDP’s interest.
He said “I was shocked when I read Fayose’s comment that Obaseki should lose the forthcoming Edo governorship election. That statement is absolutely sacrilegious. This is a man who came voluntarily into our party, took our ticket and our people gave him the flag of our party, which is the emblem of the party.
“Now Fayose now decided that he will lose. Is Fayose still a member of this party? Every sign of his shows that he is working against the interest of the party.
George said having benefited a lot from the party as a two-time governor, Fayose’s statement is a clear testimony of ingratitude to the party that made him what he is today.
There was a time you were chairman of PDP Governors Forum. You were once a governor, you had a problem, you went away. You came back into the party, became governor again and served Ekiti state for two terms on our platform.
“Is this a good way to pay the party back? If you have anything against the decision the party has taken, you go inside and address it. You don’t wash the dirty linen of your party at the market place.
“What he did was sacrilegious, unacceptable and it is not done. I am talking as a foundation member of this party. Who created the Avenue into the heartland of the South- West? I did. And I will not see people trying to bring imbecility into the culture of our party. It’s never done.
You must learn to respect the party and its constitution. If he wants to get out, such a thing should land him in the disciplinary committee.
Speaking further, George said Fayose is heaping curses on his head over his incessant disrespect and abuse of elderly ones, especially in Yorubaland.
Fayose in a recent interview had said that he would send ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo back to prison if he had the opportunity to become President of Nigeria.
He also said the former President has been making hate speech and the present administration should make him face the law.
However, George who said Fayose’s statement is a sacrilege that will come back to haunt him in his old age admonished him to learn respect for the elderly as thoroughbred Yoruba man.
“Fayose said when he becomes President, he will jail former president Olusegun Obasanjo. You, Fayose, jail President Obasanjo? You are now the Judiciary.
“Such rascality is unfounded and acceptable in the culture of Yorubaland. Fayose should stop this because the younger ones will repay him back for his disregard for the elderly ones.
“Who is the human being who has not committed a sin? If an elderly person like Obasanjo even did something wrong, it is not Fayose’s job to say he wants to discipline him.
“You keep insulting the elders all the time. I will admonish him to go and read the book of Proverbs which says ” Those who go against their father and mother is a curse for life. Fayose may not know it but he is heaping curses on himself,” George said.
Obaseki’s Victory Shouldn’t Be Seen As Humiliation Of Tinubu – Junaid Mohammed
Dr. Junaid Mohammed, elderstatesman and Second Republic lawmaker on Thursday said the defeat suffered by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the Edo governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu shouldn’t be seen as a humiliation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party’s National Leader.
The election was won by Governor Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 307,955 votes against Ize-Iyamu’s 223,619 votes.
Four days to the election, Tinubu had made a broadcast to Edo people, asking them to reject Obaseki on Saturday, alleging that the Edo governor has been undemocratic since he was first elected in 2016.
However, speaking in a chat with Daily Independent, Junaid said Tinubu as a politician has a right to choose any candidate that will advance his cause politically, which he did by openly rejecting Obaseki and declaring support for Ize-Iyamu.
“Tinubu is a politician and politician are allowed to once in a while make flowery statements. That should not be taken to mean anything. Secondly, Asiwaju Tinubu has contributed tremendously to the political careers of both Oshiomhole and Obaseki”.
So, if for whatever reason there is now a reason that Asiwaju has to make a choice, it is not going to be a personal choice, it will be a political choice. He will go for what will serve him better politically”.
“Having Obaseki continue as the governor of Edo state or allowing Oshiomhole to have his way in terms of supporting his handpicked candidate. These are minor issues. You cannot ignore the influence of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the South West and parts of the South South where Delta and Edo are”.
“I don’t see any problem in any statement he made. He made the statement but the outcome of the election was not exactly what he had wished. That is the end of the story. We should close the chapter and move on to Ondo and other theatres of contestation”.
“It should not be seen as a personal humiliation to Tinubu. In this game called politics, you cannot say that you’ll always win. You win some, you lose some. It should not be used against him because he said something and it turned out to be the reverse”.
” I don’t believe Tinubu is a fortune teller that whatever he says must come to pass. That cannot happen in politics” he said.
FG Is Building Rail Line To Border Point not Into Niger Republic – Garba Shehu
An agreement between Nigeria and Niger in 2015, coordinated by the Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation has a plan for “Kano-Katsina-Maradi Corridor Master Plan, (K2M)” as it is called.
Going by this, the two nations would each build a rail track to meet at the border town of Maradi.
Nigerian delegates to that meeting comprised officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Boundaries Commission, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Water Resources as well as those of Kano and Katsina states.
The objective of the rail is the harnessing of raw materials, mineral resources and agricultural produce. When completed, it will serve domestic industries and play the role of a a viable transportation backbone to the West African subregion, starting with the neighboring Niger Republic for their export and import logistic chain.
Expelling Oshiomhole From APC Can Lead To Suicide – Felix Obuah, Ex-PDP Chairman Begs
A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State, Felix Obuah, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to pardon Adams Oshiomhole, Daily Times gathered.
He said this on Wednesday in a statement that was signed by his spokesman, Jerry Needam in reaction to alleged plot to expel the former Edo Governor.
“As true and evident as it has shown that the APC lost the Edo governorship election, largely because of Oshiomhole’s intransigence and arrogance, expelling him at this material time could only translate to political suicide for the already beleaguered Edo-born politician.”
Obuah said being a core politician, he could discern the degree of regret and remorse that goes on in Oshiomhole’s mind.
“I’m indeed sorry for the Edo APC supporters on the account that the state had suffered in the hands of Oshiomhole both as Edo State governor and as the national chairman of the party.
“Nonetheless, I beseech you to forgive him but if contrary to my plea, you are still bent on discarding him, I think the PDP will definitely not accept him into our more responsible and united party,’’ he added.
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