I’ve not returned to PDP — Obasanjo

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Samuel Awoyinf

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday
denied the news making the rounds that he had
returned to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Obasanjo in a press statement issued on his behalf
at Abeokuta, a copy of which was made available
to our correspondent, said the misconception that
he had returned to the PDP, was fuelled by his
photograph taken at the Shehu Yar’adua Centre,
Abuja on Friday.
The Centre, he explained, was incidentally, the
venue of the inauguration of the PDP national
convention committee.

Clearing the air on his presence at the Shehu
Yar’Adua Centre, Obasanjo said he had gone there
to attend an event ‘Zero Hunger Nigeria’ organised
by the Commodities Association Stakeholders.
The statement added that a few minutes into the
session, the attention of Obasanjo was drawn to
the presence of some politicians, who later walked
up to him and exchanged pleasantries.
It explained that among those who came to pay
homage to Obasanjo, included Senator Ahmed
Makarfi, Senator Ben Obi and a former Deputy
President the Senate, Ibrahim Mantu.
The statement added that whoever took the picture
of the former president when he was leaving the
venue of the event, planned to annoy and
embarrass him.
Obasanjo in the statement, said some hours after
he arrived Lagos on the same day, he began to
receive calls, concerning the photograph.
The former President re-affirmed that he had quit
partisan politics for good, and that anybody hoping
to drag him back would fail.
He said whoever believed the story of his going
back to the PDP, would also believe a charade that
his or her mother was not a woman.
It will be recalled that Obasanjo had on February
16, 2015 ordered that his PDP membership card
be torn, indicating that he had left the party.
The statement read, “The attention of the former
President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been
brought to the photonews story, which has gone
viral on the social media on Friday, August 5, 2016
of his purported being ‘spotted’ at a Peoples
Democratic Party event at the Shehu Musa
Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.
“While ordinarily his first reaction to the news was
that those behind it targeted to get him annoyed
and embarrassed him, his conclusion was that he
had told the world that he has quit partisan politics
and that is final.
“Anybody hoping to drag him back will fail like any
man feeding mice to a dead cat.”

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