Saturday, August 6, 2016 8:44 pm
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday described claims that he has returned to Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as false.
There have been speculations, especially on social media that the former President has returned to the party on which platform he was elected President in 1999 and 2003 following his presence at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre where PDP inaugurated its convention planning committee on Friday.
The former President however said he cannot go back to the PDP since he has announced his exit from partisan politics publicly, especially now that the party is gasping for breath.
Obasanjo who was also former Chairman, Board of Trustee(BoT) of PDP therefore said whoever believes reports that he has returned to the party would certainly doubt the gender of his or her mother.
While explaining his presence at the Yar’Adua Centre at the same time the PDP was holding the inauguration of its Convention Planning Committee, Obasanjo said he was at the facility to attend a farmers’ event at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre organised by the Commodities Association Stakeholders on “Zero Hunger Nigeria.”
The former President accused those behind the media report linking him with the PDP convention committee’s meeting of looking for ways to annoy and embarrass him, but assured that anybody hoping to drag him back to PDP for whatever reason would fail just “like any man serving a dead mice to a cat.”
“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party gasping for breath?”
“Those who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman.
He further explained that he had ordinarily attempted to ignore the media report, but felt compelled to clarify the situation due to plethora of phone calls he was still receiving from people who were confused about the said report.
“To clear the minds of doubting Thomases and those behind the orchestrated news in circulation and particularly those who had been calling to ascertain what actually happened at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua centre”.
“The meeting commenced but few minutes into the session, his attention was drawn to the presence of some people walking up to where he was seated. At closer glance, he recognized them to be politicians and they exchanged pleasantries, saying they came to greet him and they walked out again from the meeting”.
“The programme ended and immediately he and his entourage headed back to Lagos. He was barely hours in Lagos when he started receiving calls from both far and near, wanting to find out about his presence at a political party programme in Abuja.
“The photo as well as the media report in circulation, which claimed that he was spotted at a political party event is therefore mischievous, as a responsible journalist ought to have gone further to ascertain his actual destination in among the number of venues at the centre.
“They simply took the photograph of his alighting from his vehicle to read another meaning. It is shocking also to note that the picture was actually taken while on his way out of the Centre after the programme he attended had ended.
“This is height of irresponsible journalism, which the former President is calling for its investigation and sanction on anybody involved in order to serve as deterrent to others who may want to be used either by omission or commission to misinform the public on such sensitive issue.”
The former President said he cracked jokes with members of his former party on which platform he was elected as civilian president in 1999 before he later became the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of same party, calling them ‘invaders and gate-crashers in the statement signed on his behalf by one Kehinde Akinyemi,