Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, has blamed the National Working Committee (NWC) for the failure of the party in the 2023 presidential elections.
The PDP chieftain said that the NWC has deviated from the ways of their founding fathers.
He stated this while speaking with journalists in Lagos.
According to George, the NWC has abandoned the established procedures designed by the PDP’s founding fathers for conducting primary elections and congresses.
He cited how party faithful from other states were sent to Lagos to handle the primaries and eventually ended up siphoning money from the aspirants.
“The way the founding fathers designed the handling of primaries and congresses, they altered it; I won’t say more than that,” Bode George stated.
“But that is the major issue plaguing the party. You know our party is not owned by an individual, but some people play and pretend as if they are working for the party. Those are the issues that we will discuss when we get back in the inner chambers of our party and we must change them. That was the methodology used when I was there and there was no crisis.
“A typical example is the primaries in Lagos either governorship; they will send people who don’t live here and who have no business here to come and conduct primaries. How can somebody from outside know your house more than you and by the time they land rather than allowing people to vote, they will be looking for the aspirants and they become their Automated Teller Machine, ATM.
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“And once they finish, they will run back to the national organising department to affirm the person they supported. But I won’t expand more than that, and that is the major crisis which you see because, if you go to the bottom and do your primaries at the wards and local government levels and create division at that level, how can you fight the outsiders.”
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