George emphasized that senior individuals from Lagos State and a delegation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) visited him to reconcile their long-standing dispute and sought his support for the Tinubu administration.
By Johnson Atoukudu:
Chief Olabode George, a former deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, has refuted claims suggesting that he is seeking an appointment under President Bola Tinubu. He stated that he is too old for such pursuits.
While addressing the issue, George mentioned that if he were approached or offered an appointment, he would only assist in recommending competent candidates from his party. Despite previously being a staunch critic of Tinubu, George clarified in a telephone interview on Thursday that he resolved his conflict with the President not with the intention of securing an appointment, but rather to foster peace. This decision was made in deference to those who intervened in the matter on Tinubu’s behalf.
George emphasized that senior individuals from Lagos State and a delegation from the All Progressives Congress (APC) visited him to reconcile their long-standing dispute and sought his support for the Tinubu administration. He expressed his contentment with this outcome, stating that he could not have wished for anything more at his age.
He stated, “On this, people are only talking rubbish and they need to shut up. This man (Tinubu) is just starting and we said my party was still in court. They said we should let bygones be bygones. In the Bible, it is very clear that vengeance is only with God Almighty and you don’t continue fighting when everybody has persuaded you that it’s enough.
“All those saying I want an appointment don’t know what they are saying. What exactly do they want to happen to the young ones coming up? I said I have forgiven him. We had an issue and people settled it for us and I have forgotten about it.”
Asked whether or not he would accept an appointment from the government if offered, he stated, “I will give him people that have the knowledge from the party having been a manager of the party for years. If he says he wants me to help him get someone, there are millions of young people who still have all the energy to run around and not me.
“It is not for me, because I am not looking for a job. But if he calls me, we will discuss it before the party leaders, put heads together and nominate from our side somebody who is still young, agile, has the knowledge and can add value to this country.”
He explained that it would be contradictory to congratulate or visit Tinubu at the villa while his party, the PDP, was actively contesting the result of the presidential election in court. He viewed such actions as a betrayal of his party’s stance.