by Hauwa Gambo
Headlines about the ongoing battles of wills between President Goodluck Jonathan and his benefactor, former president Olusegun Obasanjo have been all the rage the past few weeks.
Obasanjo, apparently, could care less.
Speaking yesterday when tha national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Bamanga Tukur visited him at his countru home in Abeokuta, the president said he will continue to speak publicly about the state of the nation, even if that means criticising the incumbent.
“If there is anything that requires my comment, position or views, I will say it. It is only if you kill me,” he said. “It is my passion, patriotism and love that will continue to make me state my views. If I see something inimical to the party’s growth, I will talk.
“And also to disabuse the minds of rumour mongers, the President is my President. Without Nigeria, there will be no party. Even when I was in prison, I was not quiet. Those who want me and the chairman to quarrel; this visit will keep them quiet. But my mouth will not be quiet.”
Tukur was in Abeokuta, according to him to discuss Obasanjo’s place in the PDP and the country. He also took time to speak about the party’s crisis in the state, which has time and again involved Obasanjo.
“Whoever that the people have elected as far as I’m concerned, is the chairman of our party in Ogun,” he said.
“Let me assert that there is no crisis here in Ogun PDP at all. I have come here because of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the leader of our party and I’m now the chairman.
“Our principle today is rebuilding our party based on equity and justice. Because it is only when you give people the leadership they did not merit that you have a crisis.”
Before Tukur left, Obasanjo also used the opportunity to deal with the elephant in the room.
“I am still alive anyway,” he said.