Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has stated how the party can reclaim power from the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal government in 2019.
The influential chieftain said appointing a credible person as PDP national chairman would determine the performance of the party in the 2019 presidential elections, ading that it was necessary for the national leadership to appoint a credible person to lead its party.
The Lagos politician declared that for the party to appoint someone, who had no understanding of the direction and manifesto of the party would be catastrophic for the party in the 2019 general elections.
On July 14, the national caucus of the PDP in Abuja, agreed that the next national chairman of the party would come from the southern part of the country.
The body also agreed that the party’s presidential candidate would come from the North in 2019, to square up with President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.
“The chairmanship position coming to the South means if the party is serious, the party must look for a credible, responsible and respectable person, who has the network and experience. It has to be a person who has the details of the party and not some ’bambino.’
“The PDP must avoid going from frying pan to fire and bring an appropriate person. Anybody lower than the level of the chairman of APC will be inappropriate. We have to get somebody that will be at par in political experience and understanding of the tenets of the party,” he said.
According to George, appointing an inexperienced person will be to the detriment of the party, which was previously in government for 16 years before it was defeated by the APC last year.