Chief Bode George, a former deputy national vice chairman (southwest) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said the presidential candidate of the party, Atiku Abubakar, cannot win the 2023 general election without votes from the south.
Telescope.ng reports that George in an interview with This Day, urged Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike and Atiku, to sheath their swords for the good of the party in the 2023 general election based on the key demands of the southern leaders of the PDP.
He said: “We are simply demanding a sense of belonging. We have to participate in the process or in the management of the party.
“Nobody can win an election without substantial input from the North or the South. Do we really want to return to the Villa in 2023? If we want to return to the Villa, you need votes from the South to win.”
The elder statesman added that the voice of the people will be respected in the forthcoming polls, urging the PDP to stand united and work together to achieve victory in 2023.
He affirmed thus: “This is more so now that the electoral process has been modernised. The new technology is at play. The new electoral system was experimented during the last three elections. And it has encouraged a lot of young people to come out in preparation for the next context.
“The will of the people is now being respected. The next general election will be a turning point in the annals of our country that the will of the people or the voices of the people will now be heard.”