Why I won’t return to PDP—Obasanjo tells ex-govs, Ayu others

Why I won’t return to PDP—Obasanjo tells ex-govs, Ayu others


Nigeria former president, Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, rejected calls by leaders of Peoples Democratic party to return to his former party.

He said he ceased to be a PDP member after he publicly tore his PDP membership card after a feud with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan barely seven years ago.

The Octogenarian dropped the hint when a PDP delegation led by the National Chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu in the company of four former governors, and members of the party’s National Working Committee visited him at his residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Obasanjo was Nigeria’s Head of State between 1976 to 1979. He was later elected Nigeria’s President from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the PDP after his sojourn in prison.

According to him, “Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.

But he assured that he “will continue to be a statesman”.

Obasanjo also prayed God to strengthen Ayu for the challenges in his task to reposition his party and Nigeria.

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Earlier in a remark, the national Chairman of PDP, Iyorchia Ayu who led his party delegation to meet with the former president, appealed towards governance in Nigeria.

The PDP Vice-Presidential Candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi; former Governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River) were part of the PDP delegation.

Taofeek Arapaja, the Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), and other party officials also made the list.

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