I Can Never Return to PDP – Obasanjo

“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how
could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party
gasping for breath?”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated his last
year exit from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to
became an elder statesman, saying he left the party when
it was still alive.
Obasanjo said having announced his exit from partisan
politics publicly, it is unthinkable and preposterous for
anybody to contemplate that he would reverse himself and
returned to a comatose PDP
The ex – Chairman, Board of Trustee(BoT) of PDP made
this known to reporters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State
capital, on Saturday in a release, ostensibly to dismiss
media report purportedly linking him with a meeting of the
Convention Committee of his former party at the Shehu
Musa Yar’ Ardua Centre, Abuja last Friday.
Obasanjo said whoever believes such false media report
would certainly doubt the gender of his or her mother.
According to who was a two time elected President of
Nigeria from 1999 – 2007, he attended farmers’ event at
the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre organused by the
Commodities Association Stakeholders on “Zero Hunger
Nigeria” and not for any PDP event.
He noted that those behind the media report linking him
with the PDP convention committee’s meeting were
probably looking for ways to annoy and embarrass him,
but assured that anybody hoping to drag him back to PDP
for whatever reason would fail just “like any man serving a
dead mice to a cat.”
“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united,
how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party
gasping for breath?”
“Those who know me, know that I have publicly announced
my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the
purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his
or her mother is not a woman.
The elder statesman explained that he had ordinarily
attempted to ignore the media report, but felt compelled to
clarify the situation due to plethora of phone calls he was
still receiving from people who were confused about the
said report.
“To clear the minds of doubting Thomases and those
behind the orchestrated news in circulation and particularly
those who had been calling to ascertain what actually
happened at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua centre”.
“The meeting commenced but few minutes into the
session, his attention was drawn to the presence of some
people walking up to where he was seated. At closer
glance, he recognized them to be politicians and they
exchanged pleasantries, saying they came to greet him
and they walked out again from the meeting”.
The release which was signed by Obasanjo’s media aide,
Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, stated that “Obasanjo cracked jokes
with members of his former party on which platform he
was elected as civilian president in 1999 before he later
became the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of same
party, calling them ‘invaders and gate-crashers’.
“The programme ended and immediately he and his
entourage headed back to Lagos. He was barely hours in
Lagos when he started receiving calls from both far and
near, wanting to find out about his presence at a political
party programme in Abuja.
“The photo as well as the media report in circulation, which
claimed that he was spotted at a political party event is
therefore mischievous, as a responsible journalist ought to
have gone further to ascertain his actual destination in
among the number of venues at the centre.
“They simply took the photograph of his alighting from his
vehicle to read another meaning. It is shocking also to
note that the picture was actually taken while on his way
out of the Centre after the programme he attended had
“This is height of irresponsible journalism, which the
former President is calling for its investigation and
sanction on anybody involved in order to serve as
deterrent to others who may want to be used either by
omission or commission to misinform the public on such
sensitive issue.”

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