By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the recent crisis in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) shows that the party’s era had come to an end.
Obasanjo disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Jalingo, the Capital City of Taraba during a tour of some projects in the state.
When asked to comment on the ongoing crisis in his former party, the PDP, Obasanjo simply said “in the part of the country where I come from, there is a saying that you cannot say ‘good night’ and come to say ‘good evening’ in the same place.
“So for me, it is good night for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that’s all,” he said.
Obasanjo who was one time Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Party had torn his membership certificate before the 2015 election denouncing the party in its entirety.
Recently when a picture and story went out in the media that he was at a PDP event at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, he also made it very clear that he was done with the party and with partisan politics.
Attending PDP Event
A wrongly captioned photograph by NAN had set tongues wagging and the rumour mills busy as to the mission of the former leader, who in 2015 tore his membership card of the PDP.
NAN can confirm that the former leader did not go near the ceremony inaugurating the National Convention Committee of the PDP faction led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi.
Rather, Obasanjo was at the centre to take part in an agricultural stakeholders meeting, Zero Hunger in Africa-Nigeria chapter
Some news reports had gone ahead with speculations that the former president was making political realignment for 2019 elections.
The PDP event was meant to inaugurate the party’s national convention and financial committees.The party convention, downgraded to be non-elective after a court ban, held on Aug. 17 in Port Harcourt.
According to a statement by Mr Tunde Arosanyin of the Zero Hunger in Africa in Abuja on Saturday, it was just a coincidence that the two meetings were holding at the same venue.
”He came for zero hunger in Africa-Nigeria chapter meeting with commodity Association stakeholders.
”At closing, some PDP members came to greet him at the boardroom of the hunger meeting venue,” Arosanyin saidi.