In the wake of the crisis that engulfed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) before the 2023 general elections, Chief Olabode George, the party’s leader in Lagos State, called on its members to stand firm, assuring them that measures are being taken to resurrect the party’s lost stature.
It should be recalled that the PDP experienced internal divisions following the announcement of former Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the running mate of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 presidential election.
Subsequently, former Rivers State governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, led the G-5 governors and other party leaders in demanding the resignation of the former National Chairman of the party, Senator Iyorchia Ayu. Their demand was rooted in the quest for “regional balance,” as both Ayu and the PDP presidential candidate hailed from the North.
Wike contended that the party found itself embroiled in a leadership crisis due to its failure to zone the party’s presidential ticket to southern Nigeria, by the party’s constitution.
Addressing PDP members during the general assembly held in Lagos, Chief George affirmed that concerted efforts will be made to propel the party forward.
The assembly, an initiative of the PDP leader, aimed to reassure party members and loyalists in the state that despite the election outcomes in the country, the party remains an indivisible entity.
In his remarks at the event, Chief George urged all faithful members to maintain their steadfastness, assuring them that the party would not be allowed to fade into obscurity. He stated, “I urge all of you who have remained loyal to stay steadfast, we will ensure that the party regains its former glory.”