Bode George, best for PDP chairmanship — Babatope

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ebenezer Babatope , has said a former National Vice Chairman (South ) of the party , Chief Olabode George , remained the best candidate for the party ’ s national chairman . .
Babatope , who is spearheading George ’ s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the December 9 convention of the party, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Friday that George had the ability to lead the party .
He described as “ improper ” the call by a group within the party on George to step down for a younger candidate ahead of the convention .
The group , Renaissance , made up of some ex -governors and National Assembly members have reportedly backed a former governor of Ogun State , Mr . Gbenga Daniel , as the party ’ s chairman .
But Babatope said George would never step down for anyone because experience , maturity and passion , more than anything else, were required to reposition the party .
He said, “ How can anyone say George should step down for a more youthful candidate ? No , that is wrong . George will never step down for anybody.
“ What the party needs at this point is someone with maturity , experience and passion to reposition the party and return it to its winning ways .
“ I can tell you that Chief Bode George is an embodiment of all that . He is experienced , tested and trusted . He is a stickler to the philosophies of the party and he will deliver .
“ You see, the elders can ’ t be governors but they give directions to the youths based on their experience .
“ The issue of youthfulness does not come in here ; George is the best to lead the party . ”
He said there should be an open field for anybody to aspire to the chairmanship position of the party, rather than calling people to step down for others .
Babatope , a former Minister of Transportation , said Prof . Tunde Adeniran , another contender for the position , was his friend but that he believed George would do better, owing to his track record .
He said George ’ s campaign organisation would soon begin aggressive electioneering ahead of the convention .
“ We will soon begin a nationwide campaign for George ’ s aspiration. We are going to move round the country and mobilise party support for this great candidate , ’’ he said.
Babatope expressed optimism that the former military administrator of old Ondo State would emerge victorious at the convention .