Bode George has told Muhammadu Buhari not to listen to pleas of those he described as emissaries of Bola Tinubu in considering the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC for political advancement.
In a statement to mark his 75th birthday on Saturday, the former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said the visit by some Tinubu associates without the former Lagos State governor was suggestive of a team out to plead his cause.
“The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalized desperation,” George said.
“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision.
“The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion,” Chief George said.
Asking Buhari not to yield to Tinubu, the PDP chieftain said:
“President Muhammadu Buhari should not fall for those who would eclipse the main issue wracking Lagos State in a needless, solicitous self immersed scheming in partisan engagement.”
Noting that inappropriate allegations against Tinubu helped to fuel the Lagos EndSARS riots, George said:
“This much I have documented in several public interventions. This, I may add , contributed to the heightened scale of the disgruntlement and the anger of the youths who made the Lekki Toll Gates the very symbol of their rejection of the politics of subjugation.
“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Ọsun state with principled , incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Ọrangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe -dream about governing Nigeria.”