Says Nigeria is not Lagos..Bode Thomas
The Chieftain and Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George has mocked the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress and ex-Governor of Lagos, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over Senator Bukola Saraki’s emergence as Senate President and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as House Speaker on Tuesday.
Bode George said the outcome of the election shows that Tinubu is a local Champion in politics and he has no career in what happens at the national level.
Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara,defeated Tinubu’s endorsements, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
George who spoke in an interview with one of the national dailies, said: “You know I predicted weeks ago that the APC is just a congregation of strange bedfellows. The most beautiful thing about what has happened is that Bola Tinubu’s political influence in Nigeria is coming to a sunset and it is about five minutes to midnight for him. If he cannot see this now, then it will be foolish of him. He brought in the APC national chairman and the vice-president and he thinks Nigeria belongs to him. So, he thought what he did in Lagos was what he could replicate at the national level and they have shown him that he cannot continue to be the lord of the manor. So, if he is wise, he will slow down. President Muhammadu Buhari, as an army general, has fought more battles than him and has an understanding of things. The PDP was never dead. We were only given a bloodied nose, not a technical knockout. So, this is an opportunity to start regrouping and getting ready for 2019. I want to salute the dexterity and perfect political manoeuvres for which the PDP is well known. People like Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande in Osun have always been local champions. Now, they have come to the national level of politics and they are now learning the tricks that all that glitters is not gold. I congratulate Saraki and Ekweremadu. They understand what Nigeria is all about.”
Reporter: Ola Falade