By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has declared for the chairmanship of the party.
Addressing members of the party in Lagos at the partyâ€™s secretariat in Ikeja, George regretted that the party lost the 2015 general elections became members took Nigerians for granted.
â€œWe lost the presidential election because we had lost faith in the goals and the standards that had been erected by our founding fathers. We lost the election because we became distant and indifferent to the needs and the aspirations of the people.â€ He said.
According to him, â€œThe centerpiece of every democratic society is the embrace and the cultivation of the populist inclinations and necessities. Our campaign was hydra-headed without a coherent pivotal balance. We lacked direction and purposefulness.
â€œWe ignored what was important to every man and woman and pretended everything was smooth and normal.
â€œAlas, this is what brought us to our unenviable position today. This is why we must be very thoughtful and prayerful as we move forward towards a new beginning. This is why we must be cautious, even tempered and rigorous in making the right choice.â€
While stating that the party cannot afford to make wrong decisions in its choice of leaders,, he added that â€œWe cannot afford to be hurried into entrusting the fate of our party to neophytes and inexperienced people. â€œ