Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has stated that presently, his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has lost its “soul”, adding that those responsible for the comatose state of the party are going about “unperturbed.”
He made this assertion on Saturday shortly after receiving the factional national chairman of the PDP, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff at his residence on Presidential Hilltop Estate, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The erstwhile chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, who was also a two term President of Nigeria on the ticket of the party, sympathized with Sheriff, saying he was “carrying a dying baby” on his “laps.”
Reiterating that he was has left partisan politics for good, the former president stated that “PDP should be in an intensive care unit” for proper attention lest the factional National leader “becomes its undertaker.”
He stated that one of the misfortunes that have fallen on the nation’s politics and democracy is that neither PDP is a strong opposition, nor is the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, a strong party in government.
According to him, “As they all want to say now, ‘well, you were once the father of PDP’, I was once the leader, for eight years, I was the leader of PDP but the PDP that I was the leader of is not the PDP of today.
“The PDP of today, if you can talk of a party again as PDP, its soul has been taken out of it and those who allowed that to happen are unfortunately either in the country or out of the country unperturbed about the fate of the party and indeed the fate of the country.”