Ebenezer Babatope, former minister and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has touted Olabode George as best candidate to lead the party. George, a former deputy national chairman of the PDP is gunning for the party’s national chairmanship seat.
Babatope, who is leading George’s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the Dec. 9 convention of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that George had the ability to lead the party.
He described as “improper” the call by younger elements in the party on George to step down for a youthful candidate from the southwest region. The group, named Renaissance, comprising some ex-governors and National Assembly members have reportedly backed former governor of Ogun, Mr Gbenga Daniel, as the party’s chairman.
“How can anyone say George should step down for a more youthful candidate? No, that is wrong, George will never step down for anybody.
“What the party needs at this point in time is someone with maturity, experience and passion to reposition the party and return it to winning ways.
“I can tell you that Chief Bode George is an embodiment of all that. He is experienced, tested and trusted. He is a stickler to the philosophies of the party and he will deliver.
“You see, the elders can’t be governors but they give directions to the youths based on their experience.
“The issue of youthfulness does not come in here; George is the best to lead the party,’’ he said.
The PDP is expected to elect a national chairman, among other officers, at its national convention slated for Decemeber 8.