BEVERLY HILLS, November 12, (THEWILL) – Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described both the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) as wobbling parties that need to be rejuvenated for Nigeria’s democracy to be strong.
Obasanjo made the observation when he received one of the PDP National Chairmanship aspirants, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, in Abeokuta.
The former President remarked that both the ruling and opposition parties need to be strengthened for the country’s democracy to be salient and strong.
“I have also said that the two parties that are there, the one in government and the one in opposition are both wobbling parties,” he said.
“I still believe that the two wobbling parties can still be made strong. They can.”
He re-emphasised that he was no longer interested in partisan politics in Nigeria saying he left the PDP when he discovered that the party had been destroyed beyond what he could be associated with at that point.
Obasanjo added that there was no reason why the PDP should not have ruled Nigeria for 50 years as believed by some people, but that the party caused its own problem.
“That has happened in some other countries like Germany, where a party runs the affairs of the county for decades, but of course, that is not the history in our own case,” he stated.
Obasanjo said that those who destroyed the PDP were still in it and that they would not leave until the running of the party was taken over by determined, selfless, upright, and honest people.
“If we are just saying PDP has a crisis, which is self-made and that the Supreme Court had resolved the crisis for us, we are just deceiving ourselves.
“The Supreme Court has taken a right decision as an apex court should, but as a party, only that cannot help you to do it all.
“I had four PDP chairmen under in eight years. So, I know what it takes to have a good or bad chairman for a party.”
Speaking earlier, Dokpesi, the founder of Daar Communications, said he was in Abeokuta to seek the prayer and blessings of Obasanjo in his ambition of becoming PDP National Chairman.
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