- The political battle between PDP chieftain Bode George and his counterpart in the APC, Bola Tinubu, has been reignited
- George reignited the battle with a fresh allegation that the recent visit to President Buhari by some APC chieftains was to beg the president on behalf of Tinubu
- While Tinubu has not reacted to the allegation, one of the APC leaders who visited the president has dismissed the claim
Chief Bode George, a prominent chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest, has reacted to the recent visit of some leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the region to the Presidential Villa.
Former governors of Ogun and Osun states, Chief Segun Osoba and Chief Bisi Akande, and other APC chieftains had on Friday, November 20, visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the villa.
Though the detail of the meeting has not been disclosed, Gorge in his reaction claimed the visit was because of the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, The Guardian reported.
He said the meeting was unnecessary and veiled in some poorly hidden agenda, claiming the absence of Tinubu in the meeting meant the visit to the villa was about the former Lagos state governor.
Adding that the meeting was to beg for "placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu", the PDP chieftain urged President Buhari not to fall for those who would eclipse the main issue wrecking Lagos state in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.
The former deputy national chairman of the PDP said Tinubu needed to pay restitution for the egregious stripping of Lagos coffers.
In its version of the report, Nigerian Tribune stated that Gorge also claimed that the alleged politics of subjugation in Lagos contributed to the recent #EndSARS protest in the state, particularly the one at the Lekki tollgate.
Former governor Osoba reacts
According to The Guardian, former Ogun state governor Osoba has waved off George’s reaction.
The APC chieftain said he had had access to the seat of power in Nigeria right from the First Republic and the various military regimes to discuss state matters.
Battle for 2023 presidency
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that George declared that he would contest for 2023 presidency if Tinubu decides to throw his hat in the ring.
The PDP chieftain said Tinubu should not be the president of Nigeria because he is not a good manager of resources and has no respect for the poor.
George said the moment he discovers that APC zones the presidency to the southwest to pave way for Tinubu to contest, he would buy form and contest against the former governor of Lagos state.
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