George, PDP candidate

Former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bode George says it is unfair to attribute all the challenges facing the country to the administration of President Bola Tinubu.

George said this during his address to Nigerians in Lagos on Thursday, May 23, 2024.

The PDP chieftain said an honest assessment of the performance of the present administration could only be done after the president has spent some more time in office.

George, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), said it was wrong to look at the present situation through the prism of politics, adding that the challenges confronting the country were beyond the confines of partisan politics.

He said: “This is not the time for political actors to be subjective in their thinking and actions because the challenges before us are far beyond the confines of partisan politics.

“They (politicians) are now blaming Bola Tinubu’s administration which has spent about one year in office. Government administration is not a hundred-metre-dash race.

“We will advise and condemn so that in a year’s time, we can assess the methodology and performance of the government. Pitiably, some Nigerians have resorted to a blame game.”

He, however, urged Tinubu to also come out and tell Nigerians the true position of things in the country.

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George added: “This is not the time to play party or regional politics. Nigerians have suffered enough and they want fast results.

“This is the time for Tinubu to rejig his economic team. There are many Nigerians – from the North to the South – who can offer him economic advice that can turn this country around.”

According to him, Nigeria is often referred to as the Giant of Africa but the country has not lived up to the description since the return of democracy in 1999.

The PDP chieftain stated that 25 years after the military returned to barracks, the country could not be said to have fared well.

George said Nigeria could only regain its rightful place in the comity of nations through the collective determination of leaders and followers.

“We can achieve this if we start to redefine our value system, to rejig and restructure the various anomalies that presently hinder the greater possibilities of the Nigerian union,” he stressed.

He added that the 1999 Constitution was not working and should be jettisoned.

George said: “So, the earlier we have a people’s constitution, the better for all of us. We have been operating this constitution since 1999 and it has taken us nowhere.

“It is only a fool who will be doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result.”

The Star



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