Obasanjo Says PDP, A Dying Baby, APC Not A Strong Party
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has mocked the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) describing it a 'dying baby'. He said this Saturday when he
received visiting factional National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic
Party, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, in his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta,
He said Sheriff might be the party's undertaker and wondered how the
former Borno State Governor would nurse to life the dying baby placed on
Obasanjo who held a closed-door meeting with Sheriff said the soul of the
PDP had already gone. It was a jab at the party that made him President
for eight years.
“I think it was yesterday (Friday), he ( referring to Sheriff) called me
on telephone and said 'where are you?' And I said I am in the country. He
said 'may I come and see you?' I said my house is open to all Nigerians
of goodwill and even non-Nigerians of goodwill. And I said, 'you can
“Let me make it absolutely clear once and again: I've renounced partisan
politics. I don't belong to any political party, not to talk of his own
faction of PDP or any other faction”.
The former President did not give details of the meeting but he let out a
hint: “I am very, very happy to receive him. The soul of that party has
been taken out of it. And those who allowed that to happen, unfortunately
either in the country or out of the country, are unperturbed about the
fate of that party and indeed the fate of the country.
“Because, for our democracy to thrive, we need a strong political party
in government and strong political party in opposition. For democracy to
be strong and dynamic, today's 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”.
Sheriff said he came to Abeokuta in search of solution: “Baba, I don't
have any faction. I'm the Chairman of the PDP, Baba. Well, Baba has said
everything. Baba said the PDP that they gave me is a dying PDP. He built
the PDP that everybody cherished. Baba, whether he's today in politics or
outside politics, he has a role in Nigeria's nation and every one of us
that are (sic) looking upon to him?, if we have a problem, we must come to
him for solution”.
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