Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Bode George has criticised Senator Buruji Kashamu over his comments – that the Yoruba people have no interest in the chairmanship of the party.
Kashamu had during a visit to the National Chairman of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff in Abuja declared that the South-West was not interested in the Chairmanship of the party therefore the zoning of the position to North was supported.
In a rebuttal, Bode George told Punch Newspapers on Sunday, April 17 that Kasahamu could not speak on behalf of the PDP, seeing as he is not a leader nor holder of any sensitive position within the party.
George however, did speak for himself as he denied any interest in becoming the party chairman but noted that the South-West had never produced a chairman since the creation of the party 18 years ago.
“It is disheartening that a Yoruba man could oppose something that could benefit his people. I have been in this party for the last 18 years and the South-West has never produced the national chairman.”
“The party has now zoned the presidency to the North. So, how can anyone who calls himself a Yoruba man, insist that the same North should hold the chairmanship position?”
“The Yoruba race produced the first chartered accountant in Nigeria, the first Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the first Chief Justice of the Federation, the first surgeon, the first engineer and many other firsts. So, are they saying no Yoruba man is qualified to be chairman of the PDP?”
“Kashamu is not a leader of the party. He holds no position of the party and cannot speak for the South-West.”
Furthermore, George implored Sheriff to step down as the national chairman come May 21, a day slated for the PDP convention to start, for the sake of fairness.
He also noted that the party requires intelligent people who would push it towards the right direction in these times.
“At this crucial juncture, we need credible, responsive, experienced, resourceful, creative and mature men and women at every level of our party leadership. This is not the time for mere praise singers and time-servers.”
“This is not the time for untested, untried and inexperienced neophytes”, he said.