Tony Anenih, the Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), reacting to the quit of the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, from the party, said OBJ would not be missed.
It comes after Nigeria's former leader February 16, Monday, said he would no longer stay in politics, after 8 years in the PDP.
Anenih explained that Obasanjo, like any Nigerian, had the right to do so.
He was quoted as saying by Premium Times:
"(Mr. Obasanjo) has the right to leave any party, and he has the right to join any party; he is a Nigerian."
He noted however that the PDP would not miss him, as he responded to the journalist's question:
"Why should we miss him?"
Obasanjo's move generated many reactions. Another one was delivered by Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose.
He expressed optimism over the development saying that OBJ's quit was a good sign for the PDP, Daily Times reports.
"Obasanjo's exit is good riddance to bad rubbish. His departure is inglorious, we will never miss him."
"Now the PDP can sleep with two eyes closed because the lion among our brethren, the tormentor of Nigeria just departed from our party to join the All Progressives Congress (APC)."
Fayose also characterized the former President as "a man without honour" adding that "tearing his membership card was to save him from imminent expulsion."
"Obasanjo shouldn't just tear his PDP membership card; he should relinquish the ownership of Bell University, Obasanjo Farms, Obasanjo Presidential Library, and other financial benefits he got during his eight years as president."
"Obasanjo's formal exit from the PDP at this time will further enhance the chance of the party in the presidential election because Nigerians will now see that eight out of the 16 years that the APC claimed was a waste was spent by the party because Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 are now members of APC.
"If there is anything negative about PDP, Obasanjo contributed 50 percent. His eight years tenure is part of the 16 years that the APC people claim is a waste. And now that Obasanjo and Atiku are members of APC, it can be said that APC ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 and the party should be ready to accept the liabilities of Obasanjo and Atiku's government.
"Therefore, Obasanjo's exit from the PDP is a confirmation that there is victory ahead for our party and mark my words, President Jonathan will be re-elected, Nigeria will have a clean departure from its sordid past, which Obasanjo and Buhari represent and take a giant leap into a promising future."
Nigeria's ex President has been recently in the news over his critical remarks directed at the Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Additionally he purportedly endorsed the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
It should be noted that OBJ's exit was quite scandalous, as the politician tore to pieces his PDP membership card. Following the incident, Ogun chapter of the party announced his expulsion.