Peoples Democratic Party will be part of history of my life, says Obasanjo

The former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has admitted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will remain a reference point in his career, having used the platform to rise to the position of civilian President of Nigeria.

Penpushing reports that, Obasanjo said this when the leadership of the party  visited him at his private residence located within the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta, adding that he, however, remain committed to his stance that partisan politics was no longer for him.

The two term civilian President,, told the  guests that he  would be available to offer advice to people who seek it, and vowed that he would not be a member of any political party again, having torn his membership card of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).

“I have been with the party right from inception. Whatever I do in my own life, because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of the history of my life’, Obasanjo stated.

“But having said that, the day that my ward decided to tear my PDP card was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP and that day I vowed that I will not be a member of any political party again and but I will remain a statesman in Nigeria, in West Africa, in Africa and indeed in the world’, he added.

“But if I retired from partisan politics, if politics is welfare of the people, I must not retire from the welfare and wellbeing of people whether in my own community, in my own state, in my own country, anywhere in Africa or indeed anywhere in the world and that is why I have the type of responsibility that I have now.I must tell you now that your own responsibility is not an easy one either, but it has to be done”, he emphasised

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Iyorchia Ayu, in his speech said the country under Obasanjo’s regime on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) recorded appreciable achievements

“As the first President in this Republic, your period as president on the platform of PDP is seen as the golden era of the PDP and Nigeria. Because not only did you lay the foundation to grow the economy to become the biggest in Africa, you were able to remove Nigeria from slavery by negotiating and cancelling so much of our foreign debts that would have made it very difficult to run the country’, he stated.

“By the time you left office, Nigeria was totally set free, direct foreign investment was on the increase on a daily basis and we were respected in the international community and everywhere we went’, Ayu said.

Penpushing further reports that, the leadership of the opposition party however, accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of destroying everything Obasanjo, had achieved.

The chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared that the Buhari administration has plunged the country into generational debt, adding that generations unborn had been thrown into the servitude of slavery.

Penpushing also reports that, Ayu blamed Buhari for Nigeria’s reputation globally as an insecure country and the poverty capital of the world, stressing that the narration was the opposite during Obasanjo’s regime.

“Today, this clueless APC and President Muhammad Buhari has undone that and has plunged Nigeria into eternal debt. The new debt overhang created by this wicked government is going to create massive problems for the coming generations.”

Penpushing reports that, Ayu lamented  that Nigeria had lost its respect in the international community, adding that this is on account of worsening insecurity and Buhari’s creation of a Nigeria regarded as poverty capital of the world.

.“I remember when I accompanied you as your minister to a number of countries – Germany and India – I saw the respect they accorded you and I was very proud to be a Nigerian.Today, unfortunately, we don’t have the same recognition because what we have become has fallen short of good leadership that Nigeria deserves’.

“This is on account of worsening insecurity and Buhari’s creation of a Nigeria regarded as poverty capital of the world. Apart from Infrastructural intervention which you did, most of the very useful institutions like EFCC, the ICPC and so on are now being used to hound people.”

Penpushing further reports that, the national chairman of the opposition party boasted that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would oust the ruling All Progressives Congress in the coming general election.

“We want to assure you that the new leadership of the PDP with the rest of PDP family will do everything possible – ward to ward, local government by local government across the country to restore the lost glory of Nigeria of which your era was a shinning example because anytime we talked about the history of the PDP there is no way we talk about the PDP without mentioning between 1999 and 2007”, he added

Penpushing also reports in company of Ayu during the visit include: Peter Obi(former Governor of Anambra State),Olusegun Mimiko (former Governor of Ekiti State),Donald Duke(former Governor of Cross River State) Sam Anyanwu(National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party), Taofeek Arapaja;(Deputy National Chairman, South of the party)

The others are the former Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Waziri; National Women Leader of PDP, Stella Effah-Attoe; Deputy National Chairman (North), Umar Iliya Damagu; former Minister, Special Duties, Tanimu Kabiru Turaki, former governors of Cross River and Jigawa states, Liyel Imoke and Sule Lamido.

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