Obasanjo remembers day he tore his PDP card


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday, had cause to remember the day he tore his Peoples Democratic Party membership card.

This he did when the leadership of the party paid him a courtesy call in his Abeokuta, Ogun State home.

The team, led by its Chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, had gone to woo him back, having abandoned the party during the crisis that dogged it by 2015.

He, however, told the team that it was over for him as far as the party was concerned.

He told them: “I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.

“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.

“I will continue to be a statesman.”

In the team include the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi; former Governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River).

The Deputy National Chairman of PDP (South), Taofeek Arapaja, and other party officials were part of the entourage.

Responding, Ayu told Obasanjo that “if you leave PDP, the blood of PDP will never leave you.”

He said the party would always require his fatherly advice towards governance in Nigeria.