PDP dead in south west after Obasanjo’s exit – Aregbesola

Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola
Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, said on Tuesday that the Peoples Democratic Party,‎ PDP, lost its relevance in the south-western part of Nigeria when former President Olusegun Obasanjo tore his membership card and left the party.

The governor made the assertion at Ikire, while leading the campaign train of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mudashiru Hussein, for Saturday’s Osun West senatorial bye-election.

According to him, the emergence of the All Progressives Congress at the centre had marked the end of the PDP’s reign in the country.

Mr. Argbesola said the PDP’s era had gone in Nigeria particularly in the south-west as many of the party’s founding fathers had dumped it.

He said the PDP had become a dead party in Nigeria, and those returning to it were returning to “vanity.”

The governor described the move to revive the PDP through the forthcoming bye-election as an exercise in futility.

“Why will any sensible politician at this time want to associate with a party that is not only drowning but dead in the South-West,” he said.

“It will be an exercise in futility for anybody to now want to wake up a dead horse through the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye election when founding fathers of the party have not only deserted the party but wouldn’t want to associate with it.

“We are all living witnesses to how the former President openly at his ward declared that the PDP has gone beyond redemption, hence his declaration of the obituary of the party with symbolic trashing of his membership card.”

He also used the opportunity of the campaign to warn troublemakers especially the opposition parties whom he alleged, were planning to bring militants to unleash mayhem should the results not go their way.

“Why will anybody think that the people of Osun who stood firm even in the face of provocation‎ during the last general election under the supervision of the PDP-led government then, would now waver from such determination?” he remarked.

“It is on record that despite the intimidation by the then security apparatus who invaded the state with weird looking officers who had strange looking dogs still could not deter our people from associating with our good governance. Why will they be deterred by militants?

“We use this medium to warn any militant who the opposition had contracted to think twice before coming to Osun as government is ever ready to use every lawful means at its disposal to smoke them out of the state.”


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  • Remedy

    Don’t worry, that was how AD died in 2003 when OBJ rigged you out of the election but you came back, Why?, because of the arrogance and bad governance which you are exhibiting now typical of PDP then. You will agree with me that your APC could never have won the election if not for the PDP members you are castigating now. An average Yoruba man is not interested in politics but good governance and we also hate injustice. Thank God that you still remembered that the people stood for you during the PDP onslaught during your second term election but what did you
    pay the state with, unpaid salaries, projects that bears no relevance to the economic wellbeing of the populace and gargantuan debt that nobody knows what they were spent on. You will receive your comeuppance one day considering what the people went through for 7 years of Oyinlola terror to make you realise your mandate and your reelection.

    • FEMI A USA

      He has done his own allow some people to carry on where he stopped. You may not like the some projects but some people do. You need to realize where the Governor is coming from; people shouldn’t expect to have everything they request (Centrist) government. The Governor is not far right or left to govern compare to the present Administration. Can you tell yourself where some governors are governing from? They just do what come to them daily. Money says that if am not around do not ever think of me (Yoruba) because money talks, goes around and has no boundary. People realize where a party or person will govern from if you do know where it/she/he leaning either populous, far rights, far rights or centrist government, or even Ultra of one of these groups. I am not from his state nor APC sympathizer but like this man he strive to continue to serve his state. When your time comes, do it the way you want and ready for criticisms from opposition because no one is perfect in this life. Kudo to you Omo Baba Aregbe, Oduduwa, Omo Oluabi. We couldn’t have done it without you and hurray with continuity.

  • PolyGon2013

    With OBJ’s exit, PDP is dead in Nigeria. Period.

    • FEMI A USA

      The question facing us is any of them fair better? They are full of thieves, looters, and deplorable.

  • Border_Marksman

    Ogbeni Rauf is sooo smart! He’s figured out why PDP is dead in the South West. The moment OBJ asked another person to rip up his (OBJ’s) PDP membership card while he stood closely by and looked on with indifference. That was it! Never mind that OBJ then went on to endorse the party (APC) where other former PDP members have been joining in droves. PDP is dead!!! Ogbeni is sooo smart, he is the only electrician-turned-governor in the history of South West politics!