PDP should be in intensive care unit, says Obasanjo

SAMUEL AWOYINFA

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has
described the Peoples Democratic Party as a dying
political party which needs to be taken to an
intensive care unit.
He said this on Saturday at his Abeokuta
Presidential Hilltop residence in an interview with
journalists, after emerging from a closed-door
meeting with a factional national chairman of the
PDP, Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff.
Obasanjo said Sheriff called him on Friday that he
was coming to visit him, and he had to oblige him.
The former president explained that the factional
chairman briefed him about the crisis rocking the
party.
Obasanjo, who was a former chairman of the
party’s Board of Trustees, said the PDP had lost its
soul, and said he wished Sheriff would not be an
undertaker that would bury it.
“The PDP of today, if you can talk of a party again
as PDP, its soul has been taken out of it and those
who allowed that to happen are unperturbed about
the fate of the party and indeed the fate of the
country.
“I have said to my brother (Sheriff) that I wish him
well in the dying baby they have put on his laps;
because PDP is in a comatose state and he was
not in PDP, he has never been in PDP until now.
“When I was in PDP, I encouraged him to join the
party, but he did not. The PDP they have given
him now is a dying PDP; a dying baby. It needs to
be in intensive care unit, otherwise, he (Sheriff) will
be an undertaker,” Obasanjo stated.
The former president pointed out that the country
needed a strong ruling party and a vibrant
opposition party for democracy to thrive in Nigeria.
He said, “Today, PDP cannot claim to be a strong
party in opposition; I don’t know if the All
Progressives Congress can claim, at the national
level, to be a strong party in government. Now that
is part of the misfortune of this country today.”
Addressing journalists, Sheriff said it was
important for him to visit Obasanjo whom he
described as an elder statesman.
The factional PDP chairman said, “If we have a
problem, we must come to him for solution. He
has said he’s not playing partisan politics
anymore. We agree, but he is our father; father of
the Nigerian nation and the grandfather of PDP.
Therefore, the soul that has gone, he has to bring
it back to us and through his advice, we will get
through it.”

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