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You need to read what Okupe says about Obasanjo’s leaving PDP

– Doyin Okupe in a statement issued on March 18, disclosed to Nigerians the true status of Obasanjo’s political life

– Okupe says Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the south-west

– Obasanjo on February 16, 2015 tore his PDP membership card in the presence of party members from ward 11 in Abeokuta North local government area of Ogu state

Doyin Okupe, the former senior special assistant to the immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan on public affairs, has said ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo is still a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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Daily Post reports that Okupe, who also served under Obasanjo’s administration made the declaration in a statement issued on March 18.

The former senior special assistant to Jonathan said the former president has not left the PDP because he has not resigned from the party.

“Baba Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the south-west. The fact that he tore his membership card is not tantamount to resignation from the party. An action he has not undertaken to date. Tearing of the membership card though a very negative action is undoubtedly a knee-jerk reaction to certain unacceptable or intolerable happenings within the party which can and will be redressed.

“In his temporary absence, we have a collegiate or confederal leadership of eminent and distinguished elders including Chief Bode George, Chief Ogunlewe, Aare Jubril Martins Kuye, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Mrs Apampa, Dr. lekan Balogun, Baba Richard Akinjide, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Chief Ebenezer BABATOPE, Shuabu Oyedokun, Iyiola Omisore, Prof. Adeniran, Gov Fayose, Gov Mimiko, Senator Bode Olajumoke amongst others.

“Senator Buruji Kashamu is not the leader of the PDP in the south-west. He is not even the leader of the party in Ogun state. He leads an NGO called Omo Ilu which engages in empowerment programmes in the state, mainly in the Ogun east senatorial district. We are a proud and a foremost race in Nigeria. We have enviable political antecedents and capable of presenting nationally credible and acceptable leadership at any and all time,” the statement reads.

Obasanjo on February 16, 2015 tore his Peoples Democratic Party membership card in the presence of party members from ward 11 in Abeokuta North local government, saying he is no more a politician but an elder statesman.

The former PDP chieftain’s action was believed to have been propelled by his sour relationship with the then leadership of the party as a result of Jonathan’s ambition to secure a second term in office.

He ordered the party’s chairman at his ward in Abeokuta, Sunmonu Oladunjoye, to help him destroy his membership card on the grounds that, the party he was twice elected as president was planning to expel him because of his critical position on Jonathan’s quest.

Obasanjo was quoted to have said: “They said they want to expel me from PDP… although I have not been told but I have my ears on ground.

“We’ve been trying to run away from a mad man but he pleads we wait for him at the other side of the river.”

“Why would some people say they want to send me away? They don’t need to bother themselves. Here’s your membership card, take it.”

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Premium Times reports that a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, disclosed that Obasanjo’s third term agenda failed in 2006 because the Senate refused an offer to amend the Nigerian constitution to allow him (Obasanjo) contest again for president, after eight years in office. H said Obasanjo was unhappy that the plan to extend his tenure beyond the two terms approved by the constitution failed.

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