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‘You lied, you’ve never been my ally in PDP’, Adewale slams Bode George

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‘You lied, you’ve never been my ally in PDP’, Adewale slams Bode George

Bode George and Segun Adewale

Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun

PDP: Bode George not my political benefactor – Adewale

By Adeyemi Adeleye

The candidate of Peoples Democratic Party for Lagos West senatorial district in the 2023 elections, Segun Adewale, popularly known as Aeroland has accused the party’s former Deputy National Chairman of the party, Chief Olabode George of lying in a recent interview he granted to a television station.

Adewale is leading a forum of Aggrieved Lagos PDP Candidates in the 2023 elections who have instituted a suit against some party leaders, including George over alleged anti-party activities in what some observers have described as deterioration of the crisis rocking the party.

In the suit, the group compromising 24 candidates who vied for various elective positions and led by Adewale, called on the national leadership of PDP to sanction and expel all those who worked against the the party in the 2023 general elections in Lagos.

However, George who is a Lagos chieftain of the party had in an interview on the national television station accused Adewale and other of being ingrates.

The retired Naval officer said contrary to the position of Adwale, he had been supporting his political aspirations and had helped his political career over the years.

But in reaction, Adewale said he was dismayed by the claim and others concerning him, which he said George made on national TV, describing them as damn lies.

Adewale, a former Lagos PDP Chairman, said: “Chief Olabode George’s claim of providing support for my political career is false .

“The claim lacks any substance or evidence. I have hardly been on the same divide with George in the party because of our ideological differences.

“Bode George was rather chasing shadows in the interview instead of addressing the damning allegations of anti-party activity.

“The diversionary tactic of false claims of helping my political aspirations will not yield any fruit.”he said

On George’s claim that he asked a candidate to step down for him in 2023, Adewale said that the candidate in question actively took part in the primary election against him.

“What a laughable claim!Nothing could be farther from the truth about Chief Bode George asking someone to step down for me,” he said.

He said that George never had the interest of the party at heart ,saying while was busy pursuing southern presidency in 2023, supporting candidates of other parties, he (Adewale) and the party governorship candidate, Dr Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor) aligned with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the party’s presidential candidate.

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He said: “Nothing could be farther from the truth about Chief Bode George asking someone to step down for me.

“We rarely agree on issues since I joined the party because of his anti-party tendencies.

“Even when I became the chairman of this party in 2017, he (Bode George) opposed me vehemently and protested against my chairmanship by mobilising his supporters to move to Labour Party”.

Adewale said George had never used his influence in any capacity to give him any party position.

He noted that he had to defer to George’s age and position in the party even when they had political differences.

Adewale alleged that George’s style of politics was not progressive.

The PDP chieftain also said that George’s claim of purchasing the nomination form for his senatorial aspiration was untrue.

He said: “I personally paid for my nomination form and I can authoritatively confirm that I paid money into the account of one of the Alimosho LG exco for the same purpose.

“I challenge Bode George to produce the transaction details of the payment for my senatorial nomination form”.

He said that the recurring anti-party activities within the state chapter of PDP pushed him to contest for governorship in Ekiti State in 2018.

Adewale said that he had worked tirelessly to build his political structure and spent his hard -earned money on it.

“I have contested elections, spent personal funds even when I was not on the ballot.

“Besides, what value will those that have never won their polling units since 1999, add to me?”.

Reacting to the allegation by some members of the Alimosho LGA PDP executive that he siphoned N59 million from funds meant for the local government during the last LG elections, Adewale described such claim as unfounded.

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