Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, says he resigned to enable him attract business opportunities to Africa.
By Oladimeji Kayode
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said on Monday that his resignation as the Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was to enable him concentrate on international issues.
Mr. Obasanjo said he decided to resign in order to “attract business opportunities to Africa in general and Nigeria in particular, in view of the happenings in Europe and America”.
Meanwhile, the former president said he holds no grudge against Gbenga Daniel, the former Ogun State Governor nor against other aggrieved members of the PDP in the state.
The party has been enmeshed in leadership crisis which divided the party into four factions with Messrs. Obasanjo and Daniel, as well as Buruji Kashamu and Jubril Martins-Kuye leading the factions.
Mr. Obasanjo while speaking at stakeholders meeting held in his Hiltop residence in Abeokuta, urged party executives to open its doors to everybody “regardless of their antecedents”.
He described the PDP as a great party and asked members of the party to forge ahead. The former president charged the party’s executive to make transparency and accountability their watchwords
“I have no grudge against anybody provided they adhere strictly to the constitution of the party”, Mr. Obasanjo declared.
In a related vein, the Chairman of the party, Oladipo Odujinrin, disclosed that the party’s structure has been set up from ward to state levels.
He urged all aggrieved members to visit the reconciliation committee which started its sittings in Abeokuta.
Also, the publicity secretary of the party, Bidemi Osunbiyi, described members who allegedly held a meeting under the platform of PDP progressives as ‘defectors that are yet to revalidate their membership’.
Mr. Osunbiyi added that some Daniel loyalists, including Iyabo Apampa, are still with the Peoples Party of Nigeria and the Labour party.