A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, Olabode George has reacted to the resignation of a presidential aspirant, Peter Obi, from the party ahead of its primaries.
Naija News reports that the former PDP Presidential aspirant had on Wednesday announced his defection ahead of the PDP’s presidential primary election.
The former Anambra State Governor tendered his resignation letter at the PDP National Secretariat through his Campaign Director, Doyin Okupe.
It was learned that Obi’s exit came as the politician expressed fears he might be humiliated at the convention in Abuja.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television on Wednesday, George said he was surprised by the news of Obi dumping the PDP.
The PDP chieftain said he was sad about Obi’s decision because the former governor is an asset to the party.
He reminded Obi that he shouldn’t expect to win every time.
He said, “Once that news broke, I was taken aback because Obi Peter has established himself as a respectable and responsible, gentleman; very resourceful both in human resources and other endeavours of life.
“But for him to have dumped the PDP, I don’t know why he did that, it’s a pity that he actually dumped the party.
“Life is full of imponderables; you can’t win it all the time and Nigeria is still developing.
“I’m not very happy but maybe he has another plan, I don’t know why. I have a lot of regard and respect for him and every presidential aspirant in our party that came to Lagos to lobby delegates.”
He said it is very important for the PDP to present a candidate that does not have a filthy record for the presidential election.
”I was particularly very happy with every one of them (aspirants) but who will win? I’m not a soothsayer, and I don’t hold a crystal ball. May the best win but the most important is whoever we present to the Nigerian public must be somebody that has character, that has a high track record of responsibility, not somebody that has filthy things in his closet because the public office is a public trust,” he said.
He further appealed to Nigerians to stop comparing the country’s democracy to that of the United States of America which is over 200 years old while Nigeria is still a developing country.
This article was originally published on Nigeria News