Fayose Is An Ingrate, Immature Politician – Bode George Responds
SAN FRANCISCO, May 03, (THEWILL) – A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Bode George, has reacted to Governor Ayo Fayose's recent remarks while being interviewed by Channels Television, describing the Ekiti governor as an ingrate.
He asserted that Fayose is ungrateful for declaring that he would not support him (George) to become the National Chairman of the PDP.
Fayose had, while featuring on Sunday Politics programme, blamed the PDP's loss of the 2015 general elections on the elders of the party, stressing that they should take the backstage and allow others run the affairs of the party.
“Chief Bode George told me personally that he wanted to be the national chairman of the party, I told him no, that I won't support him. With all due respect to the elderly people in this party, they must take the backstage. People are tired of seeing the same old faces again,” he had said.
But responding while speaking with The Punch on Monday, George said the Governor is an ingrate because he was used by God to support Fayose when everyone was against him during his first term in office. He pointed out that he contributed N250,000 to purchase Fayose's campaign clothes at the time.
The PDP bigwig accused Fayose of opposing the interest of the South-West in the party, stressing that his comments showed that he was an immature politician.
While arguing that the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was older than him, George said if the chairmanship position is eventually zoned to the South-West, he would consult with family and friends on whether or not to contest, adding that politics was not a do-or-die affair.
“The kind of chairman the PDP needs is someone that has integrity, one that is trusted and established,” he said.
George continued, “Fayose spoke very immaturely during the interview. For him to have said that the founding fathers of the party should take the backstage in the party's affairs was very disgusting and self-deceitful. I actually told him at an old meeting of the party that if the chairmanship of the PDP was zoned to the South-West, that I would show interest. He told me he had heard.
“Fayose is an ingrate because when the world was against him during his first term in office, God used me to give him support. I contributed N250,000 to purchase his campaign clothes. We must defend the interest of Yoruba because we have been sidelined in the party's leadership for too long. Fayose and Senator Buruji Kashamu cannot continue to decide for the Yoruba people in the PDP.”
The politician added that Fayose's claim that he reached out to Senator Bode Olajumoke to contest the chairmanship position was not true.
“Fayose claims to be a Christian. Let him go and read the book of Micah, chapter 7, from verse 1-10 to learn more about leadership. Many people showed interest from the South-West, even Prof. Tunde Adeniran showed interest. Bode (Olajumoke) knows that Fayose is playing around. Bode and I discussed because we are friends,” he said.