Presidential Election: I’ll Never Congratulate Tinubu – Bode George

Bode George, PDP Chieftain, Refuses to Congratulate President-Elect Bola Tinubu, Citing Disagreements in Governance Methodologies

Bode George, a chief of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed his firm stance against congratulating Bola Tinubu, president-elect on his victory.

Presidential Election: I'll Never Congratulate Tinubu - Bode George
Bode George

In an exclusive interview on Arise Television on Monday, George made it clear that his decision was not rooted in personal animosity towards Tinubu, but rather in fundamental disagreements over governance methodologies and the management of resources for the betterment of the people.

As a native Lagosian, George passionately highlighted the deplorable state of the city, emphasizing the need for substantial improvements in the lives of its residents.

He revealed that he had previously held discussions with Femi Gbajabiamila, during which he articulated his aspirations for a transformed Lagos.

George’s primary concern lies in fostering a city that epitomizes excellence, ensuring a positive and lasting impact on the lives of its inhabitants. He firmly believes that the power to effect such change resides with the people themselves.

“What matters to me is that let Lagos be like the best city in the world, make life more meaningful, and impact the minds of the people positively because the power rests with the people.

“But if there is nothing rather than that, the method of management, the financial management will be completely despicable. So, I said to them I have no objections, and as far as I’m concerned there is nothing personal, sir.

“If whatever he had done to me in the past, as a Christian, vengeance is not mine.

“So, for me, the last option, the last request was that we should, whether the court has finished or the court has not finished or the processes are over I should join the others to go and congratulate Bola Tinubu as our group, Wike and Seyi had done.

“I said I’m not Seyi and I’m not Wike. I’m much older than them, that’s their opinion. For me, if peradventure, at the end of the analysis, our party is looking forward to winning at the court. If I jump ship, what would I look like? Like a swine, like a traitor?

“I was born into a political family in this Lagos and respect for what is right, what is just, what is fair, those are the ways of my upbringing.

“Nothing personal. If they say he has won and I said that it is for me to decide whether I would live under the control of this and he cannot individually control me, I won’t break the laws.

“And what we want is the rule of law. What is democracy? The government of the people, the rule of law, and when you go to every court in this country, you’ll find the lady of justice blindfolded with the sword and the scale and she dispenses justice based on facts.

So, let’s wait until the outcome of the supreme court. For now, I don’t agree with going to say congratulations. I will never. Bode George will never do that.”

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