by Hauwa Gambo
So, here’s someone to emulate – Bode George, People’s Democratic Party chieftain, yes the same one who was convicted and sent to maximum security prison in 2009 for abuse of office has now been announced winner of the Africa Leadership Awards.
George who is the former deputy National Chairman of the PDP was picked by the All Africa Students Union (AASU) based on the recommendation of the National Association of Nigerian students and ratified by the executive council of AASU, a regional student organisation with members across 54 African countries and headquarters in Ghana.
According to Olufemi Lawson, who identifies himself as its project coordinator in Nigeria, George was selected for this award – apparently the 15th edition – based on his “commitment to youth development and his defense of democratic institutions”; leading him to join other past winners including the United Nation’s former secretary general, Kofi Annan, and George’s former comrade, Olusegun Obasanjo, amongst others.
The award will be presented to him, alongside a leadership lecture, on December 12.
We believe another thanksgiving celebration is in order.
*This story has been updated. Read update HERE.