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PDP chairmanship: Bode George will not step down – Babatope

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ), Chief Ebenezer Babatope , said former National Vice-Chairman of the party ( South ), Chief Olabode George, remained the best candidate for the party ’ s national chairman .

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 a group within the party on George to step down for a younger candidate ahead of the convention .

The group , “ Renaissance ’’, made up of some ex -governors and National Assembly members have reportedly backed former governor of Ogun, Mr Gbenga Daniel , as the party ’ s chairman.

But , Babatope said George would never step down for anyone as experience, maturity and passion , more than anything else was required to reposition the party .

“ 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 .

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