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Bode George: Why I Made Peace With Obasanjo

Written By: SD Reporter


Former national deputy chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has explained reasons behind his decision to make peace with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

He also spoke on his recent association with All Progressives Congress 9APC), despite recent mass defections rocking the party, but said it is only because he does not support politics with bitterness.

The former military governor said at lgnth: “Any former president, who is still alive, remains a source of inspiration and a source of knowledge because he must have seen a lot.

“So, we went there to tap from his fountain of knowledge and experience. Experience is not something you get in any classroom. You acquire it as you go along and, for any of those past presidents, whether military or civilian, we cannot wish them away.

“The same thing happens in America. They remain icons and we must always tap from their knowledge. So, our party decided it was going to visit, consult, discuss and see what better approach we can have to stabilise our nation. And it was a very useful discussion.

“We enjoyed and tapped from his milk of experience. We all left feeling satisfied. You know Baba (Shehu) Shagari is very old now. Even if there is anything like it in America, they won’t go to the old man (George H. W.) Bush; they would probably go to his son (George W. Bush).

“So, that kind of camaraderie must be established so that you don’t completely lose your past because they will be able to open up. It is like reading their autobiography. Where they made mistakes, they will admit.

“Where they think there are still one or two things to be done in the interest of this country, they will explain to you. That is the essence of democracy because no generation can finish it.

“If they think what we are doing is not in tandem with the way they did the building of this nation, they will advise us. That is the kind of interaction we had and I thoroughly enjoyed it because it brought back a lot of memories.

“I worked very closely with him (Obasanjo). The younger ones, who are now managers of the party, also tapped from it. And where he thought we wronged him, we apologised, so that there can be progress and good heart. Then, we had lunch and we enjoyed ourselves.”

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