A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, has charged the incoming Iyorchia Ayu-led National Working Committee (NWC) to sanitise the party and lead it to victory in 2023 so that Nigerians will “not be detained by the ills of the past.”
He was speaking at a ceremony at the weekend at his Lugard office in Ikoyi, Lagos, to mark the successful conduct of the party’s convention, where he hinted at his plan to retire from active politics after the 2023 general elections.
The PDP had on October 30 and 31, 2021, held its national convention in Abuja, where the Ayu-led NWC members were elected amid legal issues following the indefinite suspension of the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
George said the convention has demonstrated so vividly the great possibilities that the PDP was indeed the party that can break and remove the various afflictions halting Nigeria’s democracy.
He, however, noted that the task would not be an easy one, and charged the new NWC to return the party to the path of sanity, truth, justice, fairness and equitable balance to the nation.
“That is our ultimate burden. That is our template of a new dawn. That is our primary focus of renewal and rebirth. Our nation needs peace.
“We must demonstrate to the Nigerian people that we can steer them to a more redeeming course. We must show to the electorate that there is a better way to lead our people to a greater good.
“We must never be detained by the ills of the past. We must never be held back by the encumbrances of ancient feuds,” George said.
He stated that the responsibility of leadership had fallen on the shoulders of the newly elected NWC members to steer the ship of the party, “and lead our nation towards a peaceful, unified, indivisible, democratic journey.”