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Obasanjo shuns PDP, Jonathan reconciliation again

By The Citizen

There were indications on Friday that former President Olusegun Obasanjo might have shunned a peace move by the Peoples Democratic Party and President Goodluck Jonathan.

Sunday PUNCH reliably gathered that as part of the President's visit to Ogun State on Friday, Jonathan and the leadership of the PDP had planned to meet with the former President.

It was, however, learnt that the former president, who had got wind of the peace move, travelled to Gambia on Thursday.

It was not clear whether the ex-President had plans to attend the Gambia event before Jonathan's visit.

Investigations revealed that Obasanjo would have been part of the closed-door meeting Jonathan had with some Ogun State traditional rulers on Friday, but for his absence from the country.

An aide of the former president, who pleaded anonymity because Obasanjo did not mandate him to speak on the issue, explained his (Obasanjo's) main grouse with Jonathan.

He said that the major problem the former president had with Jonathan and the PDP was the promotion of a chieftain of the party, Mr. Buruji Kashamu.

'I can tell you authoritatively that Baba's (Obasanjo) problem with the President and the PDP is the promotion of Kashamu,' he said.

The aide recalled that Obasanjo had in 2014 written a letter to the then PDP Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, complaining about Kashamu's membership of the party.

In the letter dated 7 January, 2014, Obasanjo said he would, temporarily, cease to be a member of the party by withdrawing from its activities because Kahamu had been extolled as a party leader.

'I will consider withdrawing my activity with PDP at local, state, zonal and national levels until the anomalous and shameful situation is corrected,' he had said.

The aide said rather than address Obasanjo's complaint, the PDP had appointed Kashamu the Chairman of its Mobilisation Committee in the South-West.

Kashamu has also won the PDP senatorial ticket for the Ogun-East Senatorial District.

Obasanjo had on Monday dumped the PDP and directed the party Chairman in Ward 11, Abeokuta North, Mr. Usman Oladunjoye, to tear his membership card.

The Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido and the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu'azu, had on Wednesday met in Abuja as part of efforts to convince Obasanjo to return to the ruling party.

Another Presidential staff, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, stated that the former President because of his annoyance with President Jonathan, deliberately decided to travel out of Abeokuta to avoid meeting him on Friday.

He said the former Chairman of BoT was aware of the official assignment of the President in his state but chose to travel.

'You can see that he deliberately avoided the President, who he even almost single-handedly made President. That's not good enough,' he added.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Olisa Metuh said the party had not foreclosed reconciliation with the former President.

Metuh told our correspondent that the party would find a way of appeasing him.

Metuh said, 'The former President remains a revered member of our party; he is a statesman who led our party to two victories consecutively.

'Because of our respect for him having being the chairman of our BoT and a former President, we won't allow him leave us like that.

'We agree with Lamido that we should not allow him leave like that. We will do everything within our power to bring him back.

'We still believe that he would work for our Presidential candidate and all other candidates of the party during the forthcoming elections.'

Asked how the party would go about it, Metuh merely said that 'we would do everything within our democratic rights to being Baba back to the PDP.'

Also speaking on the issue, a former spokesperson for the party, who was also a former Minister of Environment, Mr. John Odeyemi, said the party has a mechanism through which he said it revolves its crises.

'We would resolve the matter in our own way, because the party has a mechanism through which it resolves its crises and settles such matters,' he added. Punch

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Kaybee | 2/22/2015 7:44:00 AM
Those that knows Obasanjo worth are striving for reconcilatiom-' oro mu adie o mo Asa baba e lo mo Awodi'
Cc | 2/22/2015 10:48:00 AM
Obasanjo is evil and is better he die before the youth will rise on him
Alaska D.Galadima | 3/21/2015 9:23:00 PM
I am from Ago poly unit, Panda/Kare ward, Karu LGC. Nas. state, of Nigeria. Don;t pray 4 one to die no matter how evil he is. Instead pray for him to change from being evil to good. If you want God to answer your prayer, one day you will b old and the same praying will transfer to you. How then will you feal it? God has a reason for allowing people like him to leive.
odus | 3/24/2015 2:06:00 PM
its your father that is evil
simeon | 2/22/2015 11:38:00 PM
baba please forgive them, and God will bless you for that.
emeka ojukwu | 2/28/2015 2:24:00 PM
usual media propaganda for obj,he is no longer a member of pdp,nobody want him,we the ibos are waiting for his interim government headquarter in ota farm
david oshomole | 2/28/2015 2:29:00 PM
poor old man,buhari claimed to be 72 .1e football age and you are 77.it mean that buhari should be at his early 80s while you are early 90s.very soon both of you will die and nigeria will remain united,we have no problem with yoruba,s except you and old f**l tinubu,after all jonathan won in southwestern states in 2011.Tinubu who want to be president through the back door at what age?old men are problem of nigerians nowadays,youth must resist this
oladoja wahab | 3/3/2015 9:21:00 AM
why dont kill the oldmen in your home or you doesn't has one?
odus | 3/24/2015 2:11:00 PM
david have you killed your father so that you can inherit his properties? those of you abusing Buhari cos of age will never get to his age
Asukwo Benson | 4/29/2015
Amen. For those who wish Nigeria well through BBuhari,God bless them including me and my family
odu | 3/24/2015 2:09:00 PM
i know this is a fake ojukwu, you Ibos have not learnt your lessons ko? no wahala . we know you as no respecters of elders, that is why you are use to using your legs to wake your fathers from sleep
aboki | 3/29/2015 5:26:00 PM
You're a f**l odu
iyaa | 3/29/2015 5:27:00 PM
Hungry man odu
Alaska D. Galadima | 3/21/2015 9:28:00 PM
Your death is determine by God Almighty, but exermine yourself.
Elang Danjuma | 3/21/2015 9:35:00 PM
I am from Ago puly unit, Panda/Kare ward, Karu LGC, Nas. of Nigeria. Baba forgive them for they don't know want they are saying..
oladoja wahab | 3/3/2015 9:16:00 AM
It's too late,Obasanjo had discarded Pdp, he will never return.
awanija | 3/21/2015 12:11:00 PM
lets stand and come out together march 28 and vote for transformation president goodluck ebele jonathan for continuty. it as been doing it let him continue his work, we will soon reach our dream land. up PDP up GEJ.
Ogunkunle Q.A | 3/23/2015 9:30:00 PM
God wil lead all of them 2ru.
EJALONIBU LUKMAN | 3/24/2015 8:40:00 PM
A P C, change
udeaja | 3/25/2015 1:51:00 PM
I elder is always an elder no matter how bad he might be. If u reject one day
johnspace | 3/25/2015 4:20:00 PM
well either u people like or not GEJ is in aso rock 4 next 4yrs
ola | 3/28/2015 10:03:00 AM
Respect is a reciprocal. Gej is a good leader & he knew that he is OBJ's boy. Baba will consider at his own time, his did not only dawn grade his GOD 's fathers but dismantled them all.
ola | 3/28/2015 12:40:00 PM
Respect is a reciprocal. Gej is a good leader & he knew that he is OBJ's boy. Baba will consider at his own time, his did not only dawn grade his GOD 's fathers but dismantled them all.
ochola Boni | 3/28/2015 5:40:00 PM
Obj is a father that one cannot forget in hurry pls cconsider their cry
YAHAYA BALA | 3/28/2015 5:51:00 PM
NEITHER U LIKE IT OR NONE BABA( OBJ) IS A LEADER
Igbru Jonathan | 3/28/2015 9:40:00 PM
What we need now ar: (1) let our refineries begin 2 work 2 maximumly (2) let our steel industries begin 2 work likewise. Then unemployment & poverty will b a thing of d past in this our country. Also we shud hv plantation agriculture as well. Then hunger is barnished fm this our great country- Nigeria. Bt our leaders love corruption. Why?
abosede | 3/30/2015 5:13:00 PM
wether u lyk it or nt gudluck will surely bow for my daddy obasanjo(father of fathers
don | 3/30/2015 5:56:00 PM
Pls let this old papa give chance to new young people with new idea then nigeria will be at peace.
nabk | 3/30/2015 10:47:00 PM
May god distroy ur mission bad people whose don't have wisdom.
ify | 3/31/2015 9:15:00 AM
what did all dis Yoruba pple take us 4. obj, u think we don't know u play. u of everybody knows dat buhari will soon die, den his vice will take over just like d way u did wit Gej but it so happened u could not control him like d puppet u wat. dis time, it won't work cos only Yoruba cannot rule for 16 yrs. Obj, u r a betrayal of trust. what an old wicked man. l beg do may die.
ify | 3/31/2015 9:17:00 AM
what did all dis Yoruba pple take us 4. obj, u think we don't know u play. u of everybody knows dat buhari will soon die, den his vice will take over just like d way u did wit Gej but it so happened u could not control him like d puppet u wat. dis time, it won't work cos only Yoruba cannot rule for 16 yrs. Obj, u r a betrayal of trust. what an old wicked man. l beg do may die.
Ladi ladi | 3/31/2015 9:35:00 PM
Who started corruption in nig and destroyed all d govt legacies dat u want a soft man lyk gej to amend? Stop d blames pple and lets exprienc dis miraculous change frm 'saint buhari' i.e jobs, riches, peace and juicy positions for muslims & christain alike.
odondiri fungeowei | 4/4/2015 9:50:00 PM
some people in nigeria said,the problem with nigeria is P.D.P now that A.P.C want to takeover from P.D.P nigeria would be a better place for all of us.God bless nigeria in Jesus.Amen.