ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Bode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says it is his inalienable right to live anywhere he chooses to in the world.
He stated this on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday.
George said he can relocate to Nigeria’s West African neighbours like Ghana, Cotonou in Benin Republic and Lome in Togo if he isn’t satisfied with the incoming administration of the President-Elect, Bola Tinubu.
The PDP chieftain and longtime rival of Tinubu, a former Lagos State Governor, had said he would go on exile if the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) won the 25 February 2023 presidential election.
George further maintains that he is ready to go on political retirement following Bola Tinubu’s emergence as president. He says he has a right to live anywhere he wants.
When asked on Monday whether he still nursed the thoughts of going on exile, George said: “I didn’t hide my feelings: I said if this fellow (Tinubu) becomes the President, I will lose my interest politically.
“I have the right as a Nigerian to live anywhere I want. And I am saying it publicly that I am ready to retire from partisan politics. This is my own personally conviction that they don’t have the capacity, the ability to run this nation.
“I am not a young man anymore. If I am not satisfied with the way things are going, I have a right to go and stay anywhere I want to live for the rest of my life and play with my children and grandchildren.”
According to the PDP Chieftain, he is not concerned about himself but bothered about young people.
George lamented that President Muhammadu Buhari did not fulfil his promise to leave a legacy of free and fair elections, saying that the electoral umpire did not translate the results of the 25 February election electronically as promised.
“I haven’t committed any offence that can debar me. I can go to Lome to live. I can go to go Cotonou. I can go to Ghana. I can even go to Iceland. I can go to anywhere I want.
“With my green passport and my credibility and worthiness, I can live anywhere. I am just bothered about the younger generation,” he said.