Former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Olabode George has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the 2015 presidential elections because of the way the Southwest was maneuvered out of the PDP national chairmanship slot.
He urged members to unite to achieve victory in 2019.
Mr George gave the advice while speaking with journalists on Friday in Lagos.
He enjoined party members to put whatever grievances they had behind them and sacrifice their personal ambitions and interests to ensure PDP’s victory in 2019.
“We must unite and work closely together for the victory of the party in 2019.
“We must put old things behind us and sacrifice our personal ambitions and interests, not only for the victory of the party, but for the progress of the nation.
“We must correct things quickly before the end of the year and reposition and restabilise the party for the battle ahead.
“We are not fighting from the government side now, we are in the opposition. We must unite more than ever because a divided house is a defeated house,” he said.
George said one of the mistakes the party made in the past was its failure to micro-zone the position of the national chairmanship to South West at the last convention to elect officers.
He described himself as an irredentist PDP member in spite of all, saying his support for the party’s presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar could not be doubted.
On the relationship between him and the Lagos PDP governorship candidate Jimi Agbaje, George said he had no problem with him.
He said though Mr Agbaje erred by contesting against him for the party’s chairmanship at the elective convention just to stop him, he had forgiven him.