The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will not force former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return as its member.
PDP says they respect his decision but have also said that whether he returned or not,” it (the party) would not die”.
Obasanjo had on Tuesday vowed never to return to the party, saying he would rather remain a statesman, working for the interest of the nation.
He spoke with journalists after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed doors at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
“I have told the chairman that I was in the PDP before but not now. God forbid, se when dog vomits, it will go back to eat its vomit, no,” he said.
“I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us apart. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement.
“So, the chairman has come to greet me and I greet him, and now that we have greeted ourselves, the chairman will be going, you gentlemen and ladies of the press, you can now go, leave the chairman alone,” he was quoted as saying.
“He has said it before (that he won’t return to the party). We are not going to force him. No individual is bigger than the party,” spokesperson for the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye said.
“Obasanjo has the right to hold his opinion. But the PDP will not die, whether he joins us or not.
Meanwhile, as the countdown to the December 9 elective convention of the party draws nearer, the South-West geopolitical zone has been warned on the danger of losing the national chairmanship of the party if it failed to agree on a consensus candidate.
A former Minister of Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Maina Waziri, gave the warning in Abuja on Wednesday at the declaration of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, for the office of the national chairman of the party.
Waziri warned that the zone would be the loser in the event of the inability of any of the aspirants from the zone to emerge victorious at the December convention.
He said, “If, for any reason, Gbenga Daniel fails in his bid to become the national chairman, it is Daniel that would lose. But if none of the about six aspirants from the South-West fails to win, the South-West will be the loser.”
He called on the aspirants from the zone to close ranks and present a common front at the convention in the interest of the party.
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has also warned that the key to the PDP’s victory in 2019 will be its selection of an efficient chairman during the convention in December.
Ahead of the elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission has announced plans to hire about 1 million adhoc staff to ensure free and fair polls in 2019.
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