Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated his last year exit from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to became an elder statesman, saying he left the party when it was still alive.Obasanjo said having announced his exit from partisan politics publicly, it is unthinkable and preposterous for anybody to contemplate that he would reverse himself and returned to a comatose PDP
The ex â€“ Chairman, Board of Trustee(BoT) of PDP made this known to reporters in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Saturday in a release, ostensibly to dismiss media report purportedly linking him with a meeting of the Convention Committee of his former party at the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™ Ardua Centre, Abuja last Friday.
Obasanjo said whoever believes such false media report would certainly doubt the gender of his or her mother.
According to who was a two time elected President of Nigeria from 1999 â€“ 2007, he attended farmersâ€™ event at the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™adua Centre organused by the Commodities Association Stakeholders on â€œZero Hunger Nigeriaâ€ and not for any PDP event.
He noted that those behind the media report linking him with the PDP convention committeeâ€™s meeting were probably looking for ways to annoy and embarrass him, but assured that anybody hoping to drag him back to PDP for whatever reason would fail just â€œlike any man serving a dead mice to a cat.â€
â€œIf 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?â€
â€œThose who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman.
The elder statesman explained that he had ordinarily attempted to ignore the media report, but felt compelled to clarify the situation due to plethora of phone calls he was still receiving from people who were confused about the said report.
â€œTo clear the minds of doubting Thomases and those behind the orchestrated news in circulation and particularly those who had been calling to ascertain what actually happened at the Shehu Musa Yarâ€™adua centreâ€.
â€œThe 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, saying they came to greet him and they walked out again from the meetingâ€.
The release which was signed by Obasanjoâ€™s media aide, Mr Kehinde Akinyemi, stated that â€œObasanjo cracked jokes with members of his former party on which platform he was elected as civilian president in 1999 before he later became the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of same party, calling them â€˜invaders and gate-crashersâ€™.
â€œThe programme 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 programme in Abuja.
â€œThe photo as well as the media report in circulation, which claimed that he was spotted at a political party event is therefore mischievous, as a responsible journalist ought to have gone further to ascertain his actual destination in among the number of venues at the centre.
â€œThey simply took the photograph of his alighting from his vehicle to read another meaning. It is shocking also to note that the picture was actually taken while on his way out of the Centre after the programme he attended had ended.
â€œThis is 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.â€
Culled THE NATION