I’ll Contest Against Tinubu If He Decides to Run for President in 2023, Says Bode George
POLITICS DIGEST – A chieftain of the of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former military administrator of Ondo State, Chief Bode George has vowed to contest against the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu if he decides to contest for the post of the President in 2023.
He stated this in an interview with the Daily Trust newspaper on Monday.
George added that: “The moment I read that the APC will zone the Presidency to the South-West so that Bola can contest, my colleagues and my friends were also talking, they said, Bola (Tinubu) to contest for this country’s topmost position. I said, I have put in far more and I would contest against him.” Why? Because we all experienced what he did as a manager of this state. Who is proud of that? Now, with this same constitution, you would now put him as the number one man in this country. Whatever it takes, if he comes out, I’ll fight against him”.
On whether he has anything personal against the APC’s national leader, Bode George said, “There is nothing personal. It is just about his methodology, his system of governance, the lack of respect for the poor people of this country”.
When asked if he is interested in contesting for President in 2023, he said “To be assertive and to confirm, I am very much interested in the race – but you know on condition precedent like the lawyer will tell you. First, the platform which we call our country is wobbling very badly. We have to do something to stabilise that platform that is one.
“Two, you know in my party, we believe in zoning and the eight years of North will end with General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) and ideally, it should come back to south. I think some groups have started talking that the north should have the chairmanship of the party so that presidency can come. I don’t want to join the discussion now. Let us all forget about politics now. Our country is like a pariah state now. Nobody wants us. American government is warning us, the European Union is warning us. The killing is getting very, very terrible. This gives every right thinking Nigerian a cause for concern. Why? What is going on? You see those are hurdles we must get over to think of 2023.
“Ideally, once a government has a four-year operation, politics would start at the end of the third year. Maybe some people think we should start it now so that they can divert the attention of Nigeria. There is hunger in the land, massive unemployment and the way we are doing it is like we are completely satisfied and happy. You see hunger on the faces of people whether you are a rich man, a middle class man. It is even worse in the base of the pyramid. I just keep praying that we would not break up. I am scared of this orgy of killings in the land”, George concluded.