Chief Olabode George who is a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on President Bola Tinubu and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to immediately revisit the reports of the 2014 National Conference along with other conferences reports with a view to restructure the country’s skewed and current unproductive governing system.
This was even as George who spoke at an event revealed that efforts were currently in place to move the Lagos State chapter of the party forward notwithstanding the crisis that rocked it, leading to its defeat in the last general election.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen which was moniitored by Africa Today News, New York, the erstwhile military administrator of Ondo State said President Tinubu should as a matter of urgency initiate policies to address, ameliorate and put an end to the economic hardships that Nigerians were going through.
George warned that the current economic condition of an average Nigerian is terrible and could lead to spontaneous reactions if the President fails take proactive measures.
“Tinubu has won at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) and at the Supreme Court, which is final, it is now left to the former governor of Lagos State to face the business of how to re-fix the economy and also address the issue of insecurity,” he said.
George said the fuel subsidy removal and its economic impacts on Nigerians need to be immediately addressed, noting that the palliatives measures and approach that the Federal Government had introduced would not reduce the sufferings of the masses.
He wondered what the N5 billion released to the state governors could solve considering the population size of each of the states.
He noted that the government must put all measures in place to ensure that the oil refineries function “otherwise I do not see the ongoing palliatives exercise resolving or ameliorating any pains brought about as a result of the subsidy removal.”
George said another far reaching decision President Tinubu could take to rescue Nigeria is to restructure the governance system.
‘Without this, let Mr. President turn Nigeria to El-Dorado now whether in four or eight years, another government or those who are benefiting from the present skewed system that would come after him would reverse and rubbish what he might have put in place.
‘The only legacy left for Mr. President to achieve and put in place is restructuring of Nigeria,’ he noted.
George, however, dismissed concerns that the country may eventually turn to a one party state following the persistent challenges confronting the PDP, which is the major opposition party.
Although he agreed that opposition parties in the country were at their lowest ebbs, he noted that, ‘the PDP still has a very solid root and would spring back with time.’
‘My advice is that the party should call a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting now to do a critical post-mortem of the last general election with the aim to correct our mistakes.
‘I also urge those encouraging former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of PDP in 2019, 2023 to get set for 2027 to have a rethink. This is not ideal. The Turaki himself should place the interest of Nigeria and that of PDP above his personal ambition,’ he added.
He insisted that there was nothing the ruling party and or President Tinubu could do to stop the force of opposition or turn Nigeria into one party state, stressing: “That is not possible and cannot be achieved. There is more disunity within APC even than we have in PDP. It is power that is shielding this from public knowledge.”
George also urged Tinubu to as a matter of necessity make his assets declaration public if at all former governors of Lagos had declared their assets.
According to him, ‘this will enable Tinubu the moral ground and courage to fight corruption in the system.’
Speaking at the parley, George urged members to be steadfast and feel assured that despite what happened during the last general election, the party would regain its lost glory and would not be allowed to go into extinction.
“I urge all of you who have been faithful to remain steadfast; we would ensure that the party regains its lost glory,” he said.
The PDP chieftain also tasked the national leadership of the party to ensure that it conducts “a thorough post-mortem to resolve all issues that affected the party” in the elections.
According to him, the party leadership must ensure that all members whose actions negatively affected the party are held accountable, particularly in the areas of accountability and financial recklessness.