PDP peace talks with Obasanjo failed

From Punch News,
There are strong indications that efforts by the Peoples Democratic Party to make former President Olusegun Obasanjo to have a rethink on his decision to stay away from the party’s activities have failed.

Investigations on Thursday showed that Obasanjo insisted when the new PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu visited him on January 26, that Jonathan must honour his alleged promise in 2011 not to contest the 2015 presidential election.

A very reliable PDP national officer confided in The Punch that Obasanjo also gave other conditions that the new leadership of the party must meet before he would have a change of mind.

They include the restructuring of the party as well as the correction of the anomalies relating to the removal of Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the national secretary of the PDP and Bode Mustapha as national auditor in early 2013.

Mu’azu was reported to have, during the closed-door meeting in Abeokuta, pleaded with the former President to back the President’s alleged 2015 interest and other activities of the ruling party.

The source said that Obasanjo told Mu’azu bluntly to address the issues he raised in his December 2, 2013 and January 7, 2014 letters to President Goodluck Jonathan and a former PDP National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Tukur.

In his letter to Tukur dated January 7, the former President accused the PDP of negating the principles of morality by giving prominence to a party chief in the South-West, Chief Buruji Kasamu.

He also said in the December 2 letter that Jonathan told him that he had not informed anybody that he would contest the 2015 presidential election.

Obasanjo had in the letter to the President said, “Only a fool would believe that statement you made to me judging by what is going on. I must say that is not ingenious. You may wish to pursue a more credible and more honourable path.”

The former President added that in 2011, Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan, informed him that Jonathan had accepted a one-term Presidency.

Part of the letter reads, “I decided to cross-check with you. You did not hesitate to confirm to me that you are a strong believer in a one-term of six years for the President and that by the time you have used the unexpired term of your predecessor and the four years of your first term, you would have almost used up to six years and you would not need any more term or time.

“I cannot comment much on the constitutional aspect of your second term or what some people call third term. That is for both legal and judicial attention.

“As a leader, two things you must cherish and hold dear among others are trust and honour, both of which are important ingredients of character.”
He had also said that he would like to see anyone in the office of the Presidency as a man that could be trusted.

But the President fired back at Obasanjo in his letter dated December 22, 2013. He faulted the former President’s claim and accused him of wanting to incite Nigerians against him.

On his purported interest in the 2015 election, Jonathan said, “I am still of the considered opinion that it would have been best for us to do all that is necessary to refrain from heating up the polity at this time. Accordingly, I have already informed Nigerians that I will only speak on whether or not I will seek a second term when it is time for such declarations.

“Your claims about discussions I had with you, Governor Suswam and others are wrong; but in keeping with my declared stance, I will reserve further comments until the appropriate time.”
The PDP source said although the party had not given up on efforts to ensure total reconciliation of Obasanjo and Jonathan, as of now, it (PDP) had not succeeded.
He said, “Baba (Obasanjo) is still insisting on issues he raised in his two letters, particularly the restructuring of the party. He had said that he would withdraw from the party’s activities, until grievances he mentioned in the letter to Tukur were addressed.

“On Jonathan’s purported second term ambition, Obasanjo stated that nothing had changed from what he wrote in the letter to the President because it is a matter of honour.”


  1. Baba has make up his mind about 2015 election


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