Two chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday in Lagos described Saturday’s statement by former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s against President Goodluck Jonathan as unsavoury.
Mr. Obasanjo had in reaction to the postponement of the February 14 polls, alleged that it was done to further the interest of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Olabode George, a former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP and Buruji Kashamu, Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the PDP South West, condemned the statement.
Addressing separate press conferences in Lagos, the PDP chieftains expressed dismay over Mr. Obasanjo’s verbal attacks on the president.
Mr. George, who called for caution, said “it is unsavoury and unjust to compare Jonathan to Laurent Gbagbo”.
“Baba has served his own term, he has played his roles. I don’t want to conclude that his life would end up like Saul in the Bible.
“I will also want to call on our Obas to talk to Baba that he should remain at that pinnacle of respect because it is becoming too personal. No human being is perfect,” he said.
On the postponement of the general elections, Mr. George faulted the former president’s position.
“If Baba had attended the Council of State meeting in Abuja, he would have understood why the elections were postponed,” he said.
On his part, Mr. Kashamu called for the immediate investigation and arrest of former President Obasanjo over his statements.
Mr. Buruji accused the former president of making unguarded utterances capable of heating up the polity.
He said Nigerians should not be deceived by the former president’s antics.
“Let us not be deceived. As well-intentioned as Chief Obasanjo’s homily may seem, it is all lies. It is an open show of his manipulative skills and his well-known egoistic craving for power and relevance,” he said.
“I urge Nigerians to be wise and conduct their independent investigations on claims by politicians,” he added.