A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief

George, who is a former National Vice-Chairman of the party, is vying for the PDP chairmanship position ahead of the party's December 9, convention.

Speaking to NAN in Lagos on Friday, September 22, Babatope, who is leading George's campaign organisation, faulted a group within the party which called on George to step down for a younger candidate.

The group, "Renaissance", made up of some ex-governors and National Assembly members have reportedly backed former governor of Ogun, Mr Gbenga Daniel, as the party's chairman.

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But, Babatope said George will never step down for anyone as experience, maturity and passion, more than anything else is required to reposition the party.

He aid: "How can anyone say George should step down for a more youthful candidate? No, that is wrong, George will never step down for anybody.

"What the party needs at this point in time is someone with maturity, experience and passion to reposition the party and return it to winning ways.

"I can tell you that Chief Bode George is an embodiment of all that. He is experienced, tested and trusted. He is a stickler to the philosophies of the party and he will deliver.

"You see, the elders can’t be governors but they give directions to the youths based on their experience.

"The issue of youthfulness does not come in here; George is the best to lead the party."

Babatope stressed that the idea of George stepping down for Daniel is absurd and impossible.