BY ICIR Nigeria
Bode George, former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says there is no chance that he will defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) because he is “not a chameleon”.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos on Thursday, George said that although PDP was neck deep in crisis, it would overcome its problems and come back stronger.
He dismissed rumours that he would soon dump the party for APC, saying he would rather quit politics instead of joining APC.
“People saying that PDP would die are missing the point,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“The party has laid on a very strong foundation that could last for so long. PDP was created for the unity and prosperity of the nation by its founding fathers, and its national spread will make it stand the test of time.
“I am disappointed at those leaving this party at this time. As for me, I would rather quit than defect. Whoever is saying I plan to defect to APC is lying. I am not a chameleon. I do my things straight. I can never go to APC.”
George also faulted calls by some politicians, particularly Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his ill-health.
“It is inhumane of anyone to pressure the president to step down from office just because he was having some health challenges,” he said.
“You see, I don’t support the call by some people that the president should resign because of his health. Even though I have always been on different camps with the president, I do not think it is right for anybody to have evil thoughts towards him.
“He is ill and we can only wish him good health and pray for him; calling him to resign because of this is getting beyond politics. He is a human being and only God knows the appointed time for everyone.
“The holy book says we should always pray for people in authority; I think the president deserves everyone’s prayers, not comments that could even outrage some people and create unnecessary tension.”