A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Monday stated that there was no rift between him and the party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje.
George, while speaking at a colloquium titled: “2019: South West speaks”, said the belief in some quarters that he and Agbaje were not in good terms was untrue.
According to NAN, he said that although they had differences on certain political issues in the past, they have since risen above that and made up.
The former Deputy National Chairman added that he has since forgotten whatever happened between the two of them as an elder in the party and in the interest of PDP.
“There is no rift between Agbaje and me. All that happened in the past is gone. The Yorubas say if you continue to nurse grudges with people, you will not have anybody to call your friend. The issues of the past belong to the past, there is no rift between us,” he said.
George also stressed the need for Nigerians to work together in the interest of the country.
He said that no nation attains greatness when people saw differences and identified themselves more with tribes than with the nation.
George said there was the need for Nigerians to shun politics of hatred and sectarian malice that would impede unity and peaceful co-existence.
“Let us dismantle the politics of hate and bitterness which diminish all of us. Let us remove the ogre of sectarian malice that distorts out humanity.
“All our ethnic constituents are naturally peace-loving, caring and willing to live among themselves in harmony. Let the leaders demonstrate genuine, unbiased and unprejudiced leadership.
“We have remained as a nation for 104 years now. That itself is a great achievement. Let us now build further on the path of progression and Pacific relationship.
“Let us continue to condemn and stamp out the primitive ideology of hatred and division,” he said.
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