A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has accused the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar of insincerity in dealing with the crisis rocking the party.
He submitted that with the way Atiku is handling issues, there is no guarantee that the former Vice President is ready to bring aggrieved stakeholders onboard ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
Gorge made the submission against the backdrop of the face-off between Atiku and the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike over the composition of leadership positions within the party and the insistence of the Wike camp on the resignation of the PDP National Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu.
Speaking on Channels Television Sunday politics, the PDP chieftain said Atiku has not addressed the issues raised by the Wike camp but is shying away from the responsibilities, abandoning politics for politricks.
He urged the managers of Atiku not to mislead him or give him wrong advice on issues.
He said, “Politics is defined as the management of the resources of the land for the benefit of the people and the management of crisis that will alleviate their sufferings. Anything out of this premise is called politricks.
“I want to plead with those who are managing the campaign [of Atiku Abubakar] and thinking that you can ostracise a sizeable percentage of Nigerians, but remember you need their votes. You need their commitment because whoever wins this election will not be managing just one zone of the country. He will be managing the entirety of Nigeria.
“And if at this starting point, you show no regard for them, you show no regard for their needs, you show no regard for their concerns, I call it politricks and not politics. A politician should be able to address every nook and cranny of the country, convince all the tribes no matter how minor they are, that you will be a nationalist leader.”