Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to liberate itself from those he called bad eggs within the political fold.
Obasanjo, a former member of the PDP, said there are hypocrites within the party and that these set of people lack commitment to the organisation’s move to return to the days of its glory.
The Nation reports that the former president lamented that many leaders within the party are still preoccupied with what comes their pockets and stomachs.
Speaking when the south west PDP leaders led by the party’s national vice chairman, Eddy Olafeso, visited him at his Pent-House residence within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Ogun state, Obasanjo said Nigeria’s situation demands a vibrant voice in the PDP to engender a virile democracy.
“I knew PDP would lose election in 2015 because it was clear. And I knew PDP will need to be rebuilt after losing the election.
“You need what I call critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that, you can make Nigeria better.
“You see peoples’ faces beautiful but you don’t know what each person harbours inside of him. If you discover a bad egg, remove such a person. And if such person has learnt his or her lessons there can still be room to accommodate the person.
“Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into the Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria.
“I said if you compare the two of them; with what I know and all I have written about the incumbent which they have decided to cover up, Atiku is better than the incumbent by far. That’s the point I am making. And nobody is perfect.
“I am not a perfect person. I have my shortcomings. If I deny my shortcomings, it means I am not being truthful to myself. But, my shortcomings have nothing to do with my love for Nigeria. It has nothing to do with being greedy or selfishness,” Obasanjo said.
Olafeso had earlier explained that the visit was to celebrate the former president on his 82nd birthday which he marked recently.
He said it was also an opportunity to thank him for his support for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2019 elections.
“We could not have done well in the last elections in the south west without your support. Your voice resonates above all the lies told in the country and you told the world what is actually happening in your country.
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“You decided that you are going to stand up and fight. There is nothing we can say here that would compensate the role you have played.
“You supported our presidential candidate and I know for sure that he won that election even if the powers-that-be decided to write results for themselves in the north.
“It is certainly sure that it is the corner you asked all of us to go that won that election and I know fully-well that God will take this thing back to our party,” Olafeso said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Obasanjo recently expressed displeasure over calls in some quarters that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, should not challenge the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari at the tribunal.
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