Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday told PDP’s factional chairman Ali Modu Sheriff, that the party needs to be in intensive care unit or it just might die in the lap of Sheriff who visited Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Saturday.
“I have said to my brother that I wish him well with the dying baby they have put on his laps. When I was in PDP, I tried and encouraged him to come and join PDP, but he did not come, but the PDP they have given him now is a dying PDP, a dying baby, it needs to be in intensive care, otherwise, he will just be an undertaker,” Obasanjo said.
According to the former president and PDP leader, Nigerians should count him out of partisan politics, either the APC or the dying PDP.
“I don’t belong to any political party, not to talk of his own faction of PDP or any other faction of PDP. But he came and I am very very happy to receive him and I said ‘look, for my own education, for my own knowledge, tell me what exactly is happening’, and he briefed me,” he said.
He added that Nigeria democracy will survive and thrive when there are strong ruling party and opposition.
“Today, PDP cannot claim to be a strong party in opposition, I don’t know if APC can claim, at the national level, to be a strong party in government either. Now that is part of the misfortune of this country today,” he said.
He then called on all Nigerians of goodwill and all friends of Nigeria that wish this country well to ensure that the institution that will underpin a virile, dynamic, thriving democracy are put in place.
Sheriff, confirming most of what Obasanjo said, told journalists he came to consult him to help solve a problem within the crisis-ridden party.
“He built the PDP that everybody cherished; whether today in politics or outside politics, he has a role in Nigeria nation and every one of us that is looking up to him,” Sheriff said.
“If we have a problem, we must come to him for solution, therefore, since we are looking for solution whether he is inside, he has said he’s not going to play any partisan politics, we agree but he is our father, father of the Nigeria 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,” he said.
“You know, Baba is very correct, so many things have gone wrong and it will be alright Insha Allah. Making it right is a matter of concentration and talking to the right people.”
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