ABUJA: NIGERIA’S ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has directed all its members across the country to remain focused on campaigns and disregard the decision of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to withdraw his membership of the party.
The party, through a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said they received the news of the decision of the former President to and had carefully examined the reasons for his action.
“We have also carefully examined the circumstances and the reasons adduced for this unfortunate decision we direct all our members across the country to remain focused on our campaigns and not to be distracted on this issue,” PDP stated.
“With an array of credible candidates led by our Presidential flagbearer, President Goodluck Jonathan, we are sure that we will emerge victorious come March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections,”part of the statement read.
It expressed sadness that the former President, who ruled the nation for eight years, could decide to abandon the party at this critical time.
“We concede to the inalienable rights of every citizen to hold opinion and to decide who to associate with, we are however deeply saddened that Chief Obasanjo, a revered leader of our party, our first Presidential flagbearer whom the PDP offered the platform to rule our nation for eight years, could decide to abandon this party at this critical point in time,” PDP said.
The party added that Obasanjo, who was also the Chairman of the highest advisory organ of the party, the Board of Trustees (BoT), discountenanced all pleas by elders and leaders of the party with regard to his reservations on certain issues within its fold.
“Many Nigerians are still bewildered as to disregard what manner of provocation that could have led a former President to lose his composure and go to the extent of tearing the membership card of the party that he once led.
“Indeed, the PDP is hugely at loss as to how the decision and action of the former President who had enjoyed the benefits of being elected to the highest position of leadership will assist in deepening our democracy and stabilizing the polity.”
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY