PDP chairmanship: Bode George will not step down – Babatope

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ), Chief Ebenezer Babatope , said former National Vice -Chairman of the party ( South ), Chief Olabode George , remained the best candidate for the party ’ s national chairman .
Babatope , who is leading George ’ s campaign organisation for his aspiration in the Dec . 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 former governor of Ogun , Mr Gbenga Daniel , as the party ’ s chairman .
But, Babatope said George would never step down for anyone as experience , maturity and passion , more than anything else was required to reposition the party .
“ 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 in time is someone with maturity , experience and passion to reposition the party and return it to 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.
NAN