Breaking: Bode George Declares Interest In PDP Chairmanship
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George, has officially declared his interest in the party's leadership position.
Mr George made his interest in the Chairmanship of the PDP public in Lagos on Friday.
It was a boisterous event that had some former government officials and his supporters in attendance.
One of his ambitions, he told the gathering, was to reposition and restore the opposition party back to its winning ways.
The PDP lost in 2015 election to the ruling All Progressives Congress, and the once imprisoned chieftain of the PDP believes he has the magic wand that will put the party in the government in the centre again come 2019.
Bode George was military governor of Ondo State, and later Chairman of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), then national vice-chairman in the southwest zone of the PDP.
However, in 2009, Bode George was sentenced to jail for 30 months by by Justice Joseph Olubunmi Oyewole.
He was found guilty on 47 out of the 68 counts levelled against him.
In 2013, after he had served the jail term, the Supreme Court discharged the conviction of Bode George. The court, headed by Judge John Fabiyi, said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had no evidence that George intended to commit fraud at the NPA, and the charges of “contract splitting” was unknown to law.
Mr George got several endorsements from past government officials at the event, including a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Kofoworala Bucknor.
His declaration for the leadership position is coming few days after a former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, endorsed Mr Gbenga Daniel, a former Governor of Ogun State.