Obasanjo ‘returns’ to PDP


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo stormed the rally of one of the governorship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Oladipupo Adebutu in Ogun State on Monday

Obasanjo’s presence energised the people at the rally which was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.

The former President who was handed over the microphone mounted the podium and said he came to the event “to say hello”.

“I am just passing by and decided to say hello and wish you well… whether it is a joke or a real game, they will know. I saw you here and I came to play with you,” he said before heading for his convoy.

Obasanjo, who served under PDP during his two terms as president, has since left the opposition party.

The former president tore his membership card of the PDP in the buildup to the 2015 election and said he had left partisan politics.

This followed a disagreement with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan whose reelection bid he opposed.

At the moment, Obasanjo is also opposed to the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adebutu, a serving member of the House of Representatives, is an in-law to Obasanjo.

Earlier, Adebutu and leaders of the PDP in the state had paid a visit to the palace of Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, to seek the monarch’s support and blessing ahead of the 2019 election.

Speaking during the visit, the lawmaker said he was at the palace to formally inform Alake of his governorship aspiration come 2019.

He said he decided to join the gubernatorial race in order to enhance good governance and ensure delivery of goodies of democracy to the grassroots in the state. He said unless good governance is provided by the leadership at all levels, people in exalted positions and wealth will also be affected by consequences of bad governance.

“The high and mighty fences or trenches could hardly secure but would just entrap one in an environment of poor governance.

“I was offered royal blessings by the Alake in 2015 while I was contesting for a seat in the House of Representatives I want to assure the Alake that i will ensure “good governance, because it would bring genuine growth and development to the people and curbs corruption.

“With proper orientation, fear of God and compassion for others, a leader would able to shun corruption. And if one has the compassion for others at heart, it would be difficult for one to appropriate collective wealth for personal benefits”, he added.

Responding, Oba Gbadebo commended the lawmaker for his intervention in the provision of electricity transformers to several communities in Abeokuta and prayed for his at the poll





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