However, Bode George who spoke while launching a Trust Fund for the family of the late Adeniyi Aborishade, a chieftain killed at a meeting of the party in Eti-Osa on July 21, declared that Salvador has the right to leave the party if he wished to do so.
He spoke hours before Salvador announced his defection, adding that, the former Chairman of the party could not be stopped from leaving as he is an adult, competent enough to make decisions for himself.
Penpushing reports that, George raised question on why Salvador would want to leave the party now, especially as Aborishade’s murder case, to which he was earlier linked, had not been resolved.
“You see, whether he is going to APC or wherever, we cannot stop him; he is an adult, not a young man. So, he can decide for himself. But we have a question to ask: Why now? I am a deep-rooted politician and as a master mariner, I know you do not jump ship when you are in a stormy weather. Or do you swim against the tide? No, you will drown. Now, who is drawing Salvador to come to APC? To get cover or what? No, that will not stop justice for Aborishade,” he said.
He, however, reacted to allegations that he(George) was responsible for the friction in the party, positioning that it was wrong for Salvador to have made the allegations, emphasizing that, it was him(Salvador) who was actually running the party like his private estate, causing rancour and unnecessary wrangling in the party.
He said Salvador failed to honour agreements reached on executive offices after the Supreme Court verdict affirming Senator Ahmed Makarfi as National Chairman, adding that the party had agreed that 65 per cent of the offices should go to Makarfi’s followers in the state while 35 per cent should be given to followers of ousted Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff.
“Rather than following the agreement, he was imposing people as party executives, taking decisions that did not go down with members. He was running the party as if it was his personal estate,” he said.