By Ibidapo Balogun
Former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, is having a good laugh over the election of Senator Bukola Saraki and the loss of Senator Ahmed Lawan, the official candidate of the All Progressives Congress and that of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Bode George mocked Tinubu over Saraki’s emergence as Senate President and that of Hon. Yakubu Dogara as House of Representatives Speaker.
He said the outcome of the election had shown that Tinubu is a local champion in politics.
Bode George and Tinubu, both of them coming from Lagos State, have always engaged in a cat and mouse game but Tinubu and his party have always held the rein of power in the state since 1999.
Speaking in an interview with a national newspaper on the election of Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker, Bode George 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.”