There is information indicating that former president Olusegun Obasanjo has finally made up his mind to trash every relationship he has with the ruling party Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Based on the announcement on Punch, one of the most popular head of states of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has publicly reduced his membership card to nothing. The reports from PM News and TV Continental is that Chief Obasanjo has abandoned PDP, declaring that he is no longer interested in the party. His reasons for such actions are yet unclear. Nonetheless, this action obviously doesn’t seem like a mere change of political party. But some sources say that his reason for shredding his PDP membership card might have something to do with his attitude towards the administration of the incumbent president Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the ex-president, “They said they want to expel me from PDP, although I have not been told but I have my ears on ground. We’ve been trying to run away from a man but he pleads we wait for him at the other side of the river. I have told you before that I became president on the platform of PDP, once I leave PDP I will not join any party.”
He went on to say “I will only be a Nigerian, I am ready to work with anybody regardless of political affiliation. Why would some people say they want to send me away, they don’t need to bother themselves, here’s your membership card, take it,” Chief Obasanjo said before dumping his membership card which was later torn up by a member of the party from his ward.
“From today on, in the presence of us all and with your support, I am not going to be in any political party in Nigeria. I am no more a politician but a statesman both internally and externally. The issued that they want to expel me from the party for, once you people are with me what other people am I looking for,” the former president said.
If memory serves us right, we could remember that the presidency blamed Obasanjo, towards the end of last week, for nursing the ambition of heading an interim government should the elections be shifted from the rescheduled March 28th date, and the need for the interim government arises.
The accusation by the presidency on Obasanjo is not removed from OBJ’s recent verbal attack on the presidency, where he accused the leader of the country of being desperate to remain in power.
Obasanjo is a founding member of the ruling party and the first democratically elected president of the PDP. He was elected twice (1999 and 2003) under its platform.