Obasanjo: I haven’t joined PDP, never attended Convention Committee meeting

Obasanjo: I haven't joined PDP, never attended Convention Committee meeting
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was pictured at the venue of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Convention Committee meeting on Friday 5 August 2016. The former military leader declined comments to journalists at the occasion but speaking to Premium Times today, the 79-year-old Ogun State-born elder statesman said in a phone interview:

“Those 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.

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

Another statement released by the office of the former president today also read:

“The attention of the former president, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been brought to the photo news story, which has gone viral on the social media on Friday, August 5, 2016 of his purported being ‘spotted’ at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) event at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja’,the statement reads.

“While ordinarily his first reaction to the news was that those behind it targeted to get him annoyed and embarrassed him, his conclusion was that he has told the world that he has quit partisan politics and that is final. Anybody hoping to drag him back will fail like any man feeding mice to a dead cat’,the statement added.

“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. 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. 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, saying they came to greet him and they walked out again from the meeting. The former President cracked joke with them calling them invaders and gate crashers.

“The photo news 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 and not taking photograph of his alighting from his vehicle to read another meaning.”