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Obasanjo’s Bombshell For Nigeria’s Leading Political Parties

Posted: Sep 7, 2016 at 12:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo is known for being blunt and undiplomatic when it comes to national issues. Not a few Nigerians were, therefore, unsurprised by his recent comments on the ruling  All Progressives Congress (APC) and the situation within opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obasanjo, a former leader of PDP, saw the opportunity in the visit of Ali-Modu Sheriff, factional chairman of PDP to his Abeokuta residence last Saturday to drop what observers described as another bombshell for the ruling APC and PDP.
He said, “Today, PDP cannot claim to be a strong party in opposition. I don’t know if APC can claim, at the national level, to be a strong party in government, either. Now that is part of the misfortune of this country today.
“I have said to my brother that I wish him well with the dying baby they have put on his laps because PDP is comatose and he was, of course, not in PDP, he has never been in PDP until now.
“When I was in PDP, I tried and encouraged him to come and join PDP, but he did not come, but the PDP they have given him now is a dying PDP, a dying baby, it needs to be in intensive care, otherwise, he will just be an undertaker.”
However, Ayo Fayose, Governor of Ekiti State described the visit of Sheriff to Obasanjo as the coming of PDP enemies with the sole aim of destroying the party.
He said,  “No genuine lover of the PDP will go to the house of a man who openly destroyed his membership card and worked assiduously to ensure the party’s failure in the 2015 presidential election, to seek advice on  the way forward for the party.
“Since Obasanjo is no longer a member of the PDP and he has consistently maintained that he can never return to the PDP, only those in the same league with him can go about visiting him.”
Just last month, Obasanjo who was seen at a PDP event at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja, denied attending the PDP event. He said it was an attempt to drag him back to the party he had left. Obasanjo said he had left the party when it was alive and bubbling, and, therefore, he could not have rejoined now when “the party is divided, factionalised and gasping for breath”.