by Kolapo Olapoju
The Peoples Democratic Party has insisted that it will not sanction former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in spite of his string of negative public comments on the party and President Goodluck Jonathan.
Instead of sanctioning him, the party says it would continue to celebrate him over the role he played in the development and building of the party.
According to Prof. Wale Oladipo, the National Secretary of the party, Obasanjo remains a member of the party.
Oladipo said: “No, we can’t sanction Baba Obasanjo. He is our leader and our father. We will continue to appeal to him to sheathe his sword and work with us. But I believe he might have been quoted wrongly in some of the statements credited to him in the newspapers. Baba loves us and we love him. But I want to emphasise that we can’t and we won’t sanction him.”
Meanwhile, the National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, said PDP has worked enough to earn the confidence of the voters in the South West in the upcoming elections, while expressing confidence that Obasanjo will work for the ruling party.
Muazu said: “The assumption is that the PDP will play second fiddle to the APC in the South West in this election, but those who have such an assumption are in for a shocker because the PDP has worked very hard over the past four years in wards and local government areas of the entire South West geopolitical zone.”
“We are confident the opposition will find themselves in the shades far behind because people in the South West are very intelligent people; they don’t just throw away their votes, they calculate and discern the characteristics of the Presidential candidates before they commit their votes.”
“With Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, our former President and Board of Trustees Chairman, there (in Ogun), we believe he will not work against us despite what people assume in the contrary, we will win.”
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