by Anike Jacobs
While receiving a former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel who defected from the Labour Party to the PDP in Abuja on Wednesday, members of the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party asked former President Olusegun Obasanjo to forgive them.
National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, spoke on behalf of the party at the national headquarters of the party, said the President should regard members of the party as his children who needed to be forgiven after making mistakes, and appealed to him to return and lead the party.
For sometime now, Obasanjo, a former Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, has refused to identify with the party following series of disagreements he has with President Goodluck Jonathan and the running of the party.
He had criticized President Jonathan on many occasions and even written an open letter to him, in which he accused him of many atrocities.
“I want to join my dear senior brother and indeed all the teeming members here to very sincerely apologise to our leader, to our baba, my baba, General, President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to forgive us.“We cannot continue. I know he has been very prayerful. In the Villa, I know he used to pray every morning. Very early, 5:30 to 6am, he is praying.
“And I know he keeps on praying all the time. As we say in our Lord’s Prayer: ‘Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who trespass against us’; Baba, you have to forgive us. I beg you in the name of the Almighty God, so that you too can be forgiven. We are your children. We are making mistakes, we have made mistakes, we have apologised.
“We will not agree even if you want to throw the baby away with the bath water, the baby will not go without you.
“So, please baba, we apologise. Come and lead us. Even the President (Goodluck Jonathan) is waiting for you. Come and lead us. You are our leader, we appreciate you, we thank you for your leadership.
“We thank you for your courage. And we assure you that by the grace of God, we are all good boys and girls.” Mu’azu said.
Before Mu’azu spoke, the President of the Senate, Senator David Mark had also appealed to the former President to forgive the party and its members.
He said it would be wrong for Obasanjo to abandon the party he laboured to build.