Olusegun-ObasanjoA former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday watched his membership card of the Peoples Democratic Party shredded to pieces, as he announced his withdrawal from the party’s membership.

Highlights:

  • Obasanjo withdrew his membership of the ruling party on Monday
  • He said he is an elder statesman and should no longer be in politics
  • Obasanjo said there are plans for an interim government
  • He stresses that Interim government is not in Nigeria’s constitution.

Details

While the ward chairman of the ward that the former president belonged to shredded the card, persons present sand in Yoruba dialect – “PDP is buried, like-play-like-play”.

Obasanjo said he was leaving the party without an intention to join another party.

Interim government plan

The former member of the PDP said he was an elder statesman and should no longer be affiliated to any political party.

Obasanjo also hinted on plans to institute an interim government if the incumbent president loses the general elections, stressing that there was no provision for interim government in the constitution.

“I am no more a politician. I am a statesman, both internally and externally.

“Anybody in his right senses talks of interim government. Where is it in our constitution? But some of them are working for it. God will not allow them,” he told the gathering that witnessed the card shredding ceremony.

Obasanjo had of late made several comments against President Goodluck Jonathan and the party, expressing his displeasure with the level of corruption in the government.

In his last comments on the postponement of the elections on February 14, Obasanjo said the postponement of the elections was President Jonathan’s “grand plan to ensure he wins the elections”.

He had also declared indirectly declared his support for the presidential candidate of the All progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari some days earlier in Nairobi, Kenya.

Expelled by Ogun PDP

After his membership card was shredded on Monday, the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State, his State of origin, expelled him from the party.

Critics, however, questioned the decision of the party to expel Obasanjo after he had withdrawn his membership.

The national leadership of the party is expected to issue a statement in response to the former president’s actions.

After Obasanjo’s made his statement about the postponement of the elections, the Presidency condemned the allegations made against President Goodluck Jonathan, describing it as odious and repugnant.

 

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