PDP is a dead party — Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reacted to news making rounds that he had returned to PDP.

Obasanjo retorted, “Believe it and believe that your mother is not a woman.”

The former PDP chieftain had gone to the Shehu Y’Adua center for a function.

Coincidentally, PDP was using the same venue for the inauguration of its national convention committee.

Clarifying the air, OBJ said, “I have told the world that I have quit partisan politics and that is final.

“Anybody hoping to drag him back will fail like any man feeding mice to a dead cat.

“Those who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics,” Obasanjo said.

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Obasanjo continued that “Those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman.

“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party gasping for breath?

“To clear the minds of doubting Thomas’s and those behind the orchestrated news in circulation and particularly those who had been calling to ascertain what actually happened at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua centre is explained below.

“On the invitation of the Commodities Association Stakeholders, His Excellency, was invited to the ‘Zero Hunger Nigeria’ event at the Centre.

“He arrived at about 10.00am and immediately moved to the meeting.

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“The meeting commenced but few minutes into the session, his attention was drawn to the presence of some people walking up to where he was seated.

“At closer glance, he recognized them to be politicians and they exchanged pleasantries.

“They came to greet him and they walked out again from the meeting.

“The former President cracked jokes with them calling them ‘invaders and gate crashers’.

“The program ended and immediately he and his entourage headed back to Lagos.

“He was barely hours in Lagos when he started receiving calls from both far and near, wanting to find out about his presence at a political party program in Abuja.

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“The photo news in circulation, which claimed that he was spotted at a political party event is therefore mischievous.

“Responsible journalists ought to have gone further to ascertain his actual destination in and among the number of venues at the center and not taking photograph of his alighting from his vehicle to read another meaning.

“Shocking, also, is to note that the picture was actually taken while on his way out of the Centre after the program he had attended had finished.

“This is the height of irresponsible journalism, which the former President is calling for its investigation and sanction on anybody involved in order to serve as deterrent to others who may want to be used, either by omission or commission, to misinform the public on such sensitive issue”, the statement concluded