I will rather quit politics than defect to APC - Bode George


A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Thursday dismissed rumours that he would soon dump the People's Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he would rather quit politics instead of going to APC.

He expressed disappointment over the defection of some party members at the trying period,  and said their action meant they were not committed in the first place. 

“I am disappointed at those leaving this party at this time. As for me, I would rather quit than defect.Whoever is saying I plan to defect to APC is lying. I am not a chameleon. I do my things straight. I can never go to APC,” he said. 

George said the crisis in party had put it in quagmire as it prepared for July 22council polls in Lagos. 

He said he hoped the same fate that befell the party at the Benue State council polls where APC had an easy win as a result of infighting in PDP would not occur in Lagos polls. 

According to him, the party is earnestly waiting for the Supreme Court judgement on Ali-Modu Sherriff and Ahmed Makarfi case, as it is important its future. 

He said his commendation of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos was borne out of the acknowledgement of his successes in infrastructural development in the state. 

George, however, said the PDP would give him a good run for his money in 2019, as it would present a seasoned candidate who would outperform him. 

He said it was worth it to celebrate Lagos at 50, but said visionary leadership and commitment was required to push the state to an enviable level of development within the next 50years.

George faulted calls by some politicians on President Mohammed Buhari to resign over his ill-health.

He said: “You see, I don’t support the call by some people that the president should resign because of his health. 

“Even though I have always been on different camps with the president, I do not think it is right for anybody to have evil thoughts towards him.

“He is ill and we can only wish him good health and pray for him; calling him to resign because of this is getting beyond politics. He is a human being and only God knows the appointed time for everyone.

“The holy book says we should always pray for people in authority; I think the president deserves everyone’s prayers, not comments that could even outrage some people and create unnecessary tension, “he said.


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