9 Oct 2014

PDP begs ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria’s ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday begged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to ‘forgive’ the party and return to its fold.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, made the appeal on Wednesday while receiving former Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, who returned to the party after leaving in the build up the 2011 elections.

Mr. Daniel had while announcing his return to the PDP begged Mr. Obasanjo for forgiveness.



Disagreements between both men was one of the major reasons Mr. Daniel left the PDP. Mr. Obasanjo, who was then the chairman Board of Trustees of the party, is also from Ogun State.

Mr. Mu’azu, while receiving Mr. Daniel, also begged the former president to return to the PDP to ‘lead’ the party to victory in 2015 general elections.

“I want to join Governor Daniel to appeal to our Baba, President Olusegun Obasanjo, to forgive us,” he said. “We are your children and we have been making mistakes; we had made mistakes and so we apologise. Please Baba, we apologise, come and lead us.”
The party chairman said President Goodluck Jonathan was also expecting Mr. Obasanjo to come lead the party again.
“Even the president is waiting for you to come and lead us,” he said. “You are our leader, we appreciate you, we thank you for your leadership and your courage.”
Mr. Obasanjo had withdrawn from PDP activities after a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan where he accused the latter of, among other things, being a betrayer, and splitting the country along ethnic lines.

Both the PDP and the major opposition, All Progressives Congress, have been making moves to secure Mr. Obasanjo’s support for the 2015 elections with both groups dispatching various party leaders to Ogun to discuss with the former president.

Ogun is presently led by the APC.

 

Credit: PremiumTimes

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