Hours after Olusegun Obasanjo announced his exit from the Peoples Democratic Party, the Ogun State chapter of the party has announced that it was expelling the former president from its fold.
The statement expelling Mr. Obasanjo from the party was issued by the state chairman, Bayo Dayo, who said the former President had to be expelled following series of unabated anti-party activities,’unbecoming of a highly celebrated party man’.
“The totality of the executive,leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) family in Ogun State hereby state categorically as from today Monday 16th of February 2015, Olusegun Aremu Obasanjo stands expelled and ex-communicated from the party,thereby loosing all rights,previous privileges and respect of our teeming party members,” Mr. Dayo said.
“The general public especially the media are to take note that whatever Obasanjo does or say must no longer be seen from the prism of a PDP leader. Indeed he seems to have lost all sense of proper behaviour expected of a man who previously used and abused the opportunity provided him by the PDP.
The statement explained that, his ward eleven, Abeokuta North Local Government, has earlier sent in a letter dated February 12, 2015 expressing serious concerns at his numerous anti-party activities and uncomplimentary utterances targeted at the leader of the party, President Jonathan.
“It is ironic that this is the same Obasanjo who when he was President never tolerated nor accept any opinion, suggestion or criticism of his tenure,” Mr. Dayo said
Coming as the climax of his feud with the leadership of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan, Mr. Obasanjo had supervised the shredding of his PDP membership card on Monday at his Abeokuta, Ogun State, Hilltop residence.
This happened while the former President was hosting members of the PDP from his Ward, 11, Ita-Eko, led by Surajudeen Oladunjoye, whom Obasanjo asked to tear his card.
Mr. Oladunjoye tore the card amid anti-PDP chants by the guests.
They danced and sang in Yoruba: “Bi awada, bi ere, PDP wole lo” (like play, like play, PDP sinks).
Also, in a speech at the ceremony, Mr. Obasanjo indicated he was aware the PDP planned to expel him from its fold.
“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 man but he pleads we wait for him at the other side of the river,” he said.
Then, barely two hours after asking his membership be torn, the Ogun State chapter of the PDP announced his expulsion.
Mr. Obasanjo had on Saturday accused Mr. Jonathan of planning to scuttle the forthcoming elections, thereby unleashing “Gbagbo treatment” on Nigeria.
But in its reaction, the Presidency, in a statement by Reuben Abati, Presidential spokesperson, said Mr. Obasanjo was rooting for interim national government which he hoped to head.